The State of the Industry: SpringBoard Healthcare Releases Results of the 2019 Cath/IR/EP Wage Survey

SpringBoard Healthcare (, a Phoenix-based healthcare staffing and education company, announces the release of its 2019 wage survey results. Over 1,600 Cath, IR, and EP nurses and technicians from across the U.S. took part in the bi-annual survey.
“This is the fifth survey SpringBoard has conducted over almost a decade,” said Gavin Hays, CEO of SpringBoard Healthcare. “With several years of data now gathered, we are excited to not only report on the status of wages within our industry for 2019, but to also share some trends within Cath, IR, and EP wages nationwide over the last several years.”
“We collaborated with partners this year to spread the word about the survey, including Corazon, a consultancy and recruitment firm headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that works with programs across the country to develop, expand, or initiate cardiac service lines,” shared Hays. “Corazon offered some insights about how the survey results provide value within our industry.”
According to Steve Geyer, Senior Vice President of Corazon, “In terms of the data gathered from this wage survey, our team finds this information helpful as we assist clients with determining staffing needs for their new or expanded programs.” He also noted that “as competition for clinical cardiovascular talent becomes increasingly competitive, knowing wage and other trends can assist with the overall hiring process.”

It Pays to Travel
Of note, is that since 2011 when the first survey was conducted, it continues to pay to be a “traveler” — a healthcare professional who travels from location-to-location on assignments. Traveling healthcare professionals continue to make significantly more than their non-traveling counterparts. In 2019, the regional difference was almost 32 percent in favor of travelers. Trend analysis across all surveys show an increase of almost $12, or a near 23 percent, for travelers between 2011 and 2019. Whereas, the increase between these years for non-traveling technicians was 15 percent and seven percent for RNs.

Wage Growth
Except for a slight wage dip in 2015 for RNs, wages grew steadily for RNs and technicians from 2011 to 2019. Technicians realized an increase of $5.45 between 2011 and 2019; whereas, RNs had a lower increase of $2.97. Again, we see that travelers’ wages increased the most from 2011 to 2019 with a 22 percent increase of $11.87 per hour.

Wage Satisfaction
In 2017 and 2019, we added questions regarding wage satisfaction. As expected, wage satisfaction correlated with wage differences by region. Wage satisfaction was highest in the West, where wages were also highest in both 2017 and 2019. Satisfaction with pay was lowest in the South.

Education and Experience
Education and experience matter with those having 10+ years of experience garnering the highest wages with an 8.5 percent increase over those with six to 10 years of experience. We see the biggest hourly wage increase at almost 13 percent between those with six to 10 years of experience and those with one to five years of experience. For education, a bachelor’s degree makes a big difference. There is a seven percent increase in hourly wage for those with a bachelor’s degree versus those with an associate’s degree. There was not a marked difference in salary between those with a bachelor’s and master’s degree.

2019 Compensation by Licensure Type
Data was collected for both compensation by skillset and region, as in past years’ surveys. In 2019, compensation was highest in the West and lowest in the South. Regarding traveler pay, the biggest difference was observed between traveler and non-traveler pay in the South. We also saw differences in pay based on skillset, where we looked at average compensation for RNs, ARRT, RCIS, and CVT by region.

On-Call Rates
The regional on-call rates correlate with the geographic wage findings, with the highest average on-call rate in the West and the lowest in the South. In the chart below, we see the same trend across all licensures in 2019 as well as 2017. Between the 2017 and 2019 surveys, there were nominal increases in each region. The Northeast saw the biggest on-call hourly wage increase of $.32 followed by the West at $.12, South at $.18 and Midwest at $.06.

“Our goal in conducting this survey every other year is to provide valuable information to those in our industry,” said Hays. “We hope these survey results provide a robust picture of the wage landscape for U.S. cardiac cath, IR, and EP lab technicians and nurses. We are grateful to all of those who participated to make this survey possible.”
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About SpringBoard Healthcare
Founded in 2002, SpringBoard Healthcare is a Phoenix, Arizona-based healthcare staffing and education company. SpringBoard is a partner to healthcare providers who seek to blend their life path and career goal, with the goal of not just securing jobs, but helping build careers. For healthcare facilities who want a total solution staffing and education partner, SpringBoard clinicians and programs improve staff satisfaction and positively impact employee performance, business goals, and quality outcomes.