Electrocardiogram technician - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

Electrocardiogram technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an Electrocardiogram technician earn

A Electrocardiogram technician earns between $1.234 and $2.826 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.582 and a median salary of $1.454 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 254 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Electrocardiogram technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.582 18.981 395 8
1º Quartile 1.234 14.807 308 6
Median Salary 1.454 17.445 363 7
3º Quartile 2.155 25.862 539 11
Higher Salary 2.826 33.911 706 14


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.


What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.


Functions and activities of Electrocardiogram technician

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • advise patient;
  • work with biosafety;
  • planned attendance;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;
  • guide the patient;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • planning attendance;
  • guide patient;
  • planar attendance;
  • planejar service;
  • orient patient;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • plan attendance;
  • care plan;
  • planning service;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • advise the patient;
  • plan care;
  • work with biosafety;
  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • working with biosafety;
  • communicate;
  • planner attendance;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;

  • Activities

    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • request material replacement;
    • make exam results available;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • transmit security;
    • applying administrative procedures;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • edit images;
    • get patient information;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • making molds and models;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • complementary examination;
    • educate technical staff;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • record performed exams;
    • prepare the operating table;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • develop new technologies;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • select material for exam;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • identify exam;
    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • participate in area events;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • document exams;
    • install equipment;
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • empower technical staff;
    • work under pressure;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • wearing;
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • clear doubts;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • check equipment;
    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • perform searches;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • initialize equipment;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • distribute tasks;
    • work as a team;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;
    • perform breast support;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • handle contrast media;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;
    • report;
    • operate equipment;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • organize work team;
    • move portable equipment;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • provide advice;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • log data;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;
    • adjust equipment;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • interview patient;
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • organizing work team;


    Sectors that hire Electrocardiogram technician the most in the job market

    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • hospital care activities
    • activities of healthcare professionals
    • diagnostic services by graphic record - ecg, eeg and other analog exams
    • cleaning in buildings and households
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • clinical laboratories
    • cleaning activities
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing surgical procedures




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