Anesthesia Tech Salary
By Bonnie Walker, allied health world contributing writer
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What kind of salary does an anesthesia technician make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median national annual salary for anesthesia technicians and technologists is $38,740, with the middle 50 percent of the occupation making between $32,490 and $46,910. The highest paid technicians are those who work in specialty hospitals, including trauma, transplant, and specialized surgery centers.
According to career metasearch engine Indeed.com, the average salary for currently open positions for anesthesia technicians nationwide is $33,000. However, it is important to keep in mind that salaries for anesthesia technicians and technologists vary widely depending not only upon levels of experience and education, but also on geographical location and type of employer. Opportunities for job mobility and salary increases are highest for those who obtain anesthesia technology certification, have higher levels of experience, and excellent educational credentials. Salaries are also higher in rural areas and other areas where there is a shortage of allied health professionals and a high demand for healthcare services.
What is the job outlook for anesthesia technicians?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for anesthesia technicians and technologists is expected to grow much faster than the average for other professions nationwide. Indeed, opportunities may increase by up to 25 percent in the coming decade. This boom in professional opportunities for anesthesia technicians and technologists is due in part to the aging of the American population as more and more baby-boomers approach retirement age. Because older people tend to need more surgical interventions and undergo more invasive diagnostic procedures, there will be a greater demand for anesthesia technicians and technologists who can assist with administering anesthesia and monitoring patient progress.
Hospitals are the primary employers of anesthesia technicians and technologists, and this is expected to remain the case in the future. In fact, more positions for anesthesia technicians and technologists are expected to become available in hospitals as more facilities retain anesthesia technicians and other surgical technologists.
The increase in surgical procedures is also due in part to technological advances, particularly involving fiber optic technology, which have resulted in the development of more surgical techniques that can be performed with greater ease and fewer complications. In fact, the largest growth area for anesthesia technicians and technologists will be in outpatient and ambulatory surgical centers, dental offices, stand-alone diagnostic facilities, and other private medical practices, due to the burgeoning trend in outpatient surgeries and procedures. The Bureau of Labor Statistics advises that job prospects will be strongest for those who are certified and those who are willing to relocate to areas where demand for healthcare professionals is strongest, including rural areas of the United States.