How much does an Electrophysiology Lab Nurse make in the United States?

Average Electrophysiology Lab Nurse Salary

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$3,131/week

This is 1% lower than the travel nursing US average of $3,150.

Estimate based on 350 active jobs in the last 90 days.

What is an Electrophysiology Lab RN?

An electrophysiology lab nurse, or EP lab nurse, is a subspecialty of a specialty in the cardiology field. An EP nurse is a highly specialized medical professional who works with other professionals in a cardiology lab, generally in a hospital setting. The in-depth knowledge of the electrical conduction activities of the heart and advanced skills and training required for this role greatly influences an EP lab RN’s salary but other factors may also play a role.

An electrophysiology lab nurse is a registered nurse who specializes in assisting with electrophysiology studies of the heart, including educating patients undergoing these procedures. An electrophysiology study is a non-surgical procedure that provides information about the electrical activity of a patient’s heart. EP nurses provide critical care before, during, and after electrophysiology procedures, and may work with patients with pacemakers or defibrillators.

Becoming an electrophysiology lab nurse requires earning an associate or a bachelor’s degree from a nursing program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduates must pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become registered nurses. Once licensed, EP nursing candidates must enroll in a cardiovascular electrophysiology training program to properly prepare for the job.

How an Electrophysiology Lab RN salary is based

Several factors influence how a healthcare facility bases the salary for an electrophysiology lab RN. Top criteria include work experience, education, additional skills, certifications, and location.

The number of years of nursing experience you have is usually a major basis for salary, which is something you can only obtain through time on the job. Most facilities prefer hiring EP lab nurses who already have at least two years of experience in the field. If you’re trying to transition to the EP lab, gain relevant experience by working in departments that expose you to cardiology care and treatment. This experience also provides you with additional skills and education, which can affect your base salary.

While education specifically in the cardiovascular field is crucial and impacts base salary, nurses with ADNs typically earn less than those with BSNs. Many healthcare facilities are leaning towards hiring BSN-trained nurses in specialty roles, so an EP lab RNs salary could reflect this preference. If you currently have an ADN, consider earning your BSN. If you already have your BSN, consider earning an advanced degree.

Key certifications can also impact salary but required certifications may not have much effect. However, not having these certifications could influence whether you’re hired. EP RNs must have Basic Life Support certification and almost always need Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. If ACLS isn’t required, get certified anyway to potentially improve your base salary.

Location can be a huge factor, which includes work setting and geography. Electrophysiology lab nurses typically work in the cardiology lab of general hospitals or at heart hospitals and both settings pay well. Geographically speaking, California tends to be the highest paying state for nurses in all fields. Other West Coast states and many states up north also pay more compared to some, but always compare salary to cost of living to ensure the facility is offering a living wage.

How to increase your Electrophysiology Lab RN salary

Further education and additional certifications in the field of cardiovascular nursing can help boost your salary and your career options. The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association offers training and certification for advanced beginners and combines rigorous clinical training with practical activities. PCNA’s Cardiovascular Nursing Certificate isn’t meant to replace other certifications. It simply offers an educational experience for EP lab nurses that strengthens their professional knowledge and competence in cardiovascular nursing.

The American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Cardiac/Vascular Nurse Certification (CV-BC) provides board certification through a competency-based examination. Certification proves your clinical knowledge and skills in the cardiac-vascular specialty. You must have worked as an RN full-time for two years and accumulated at least 2,000 hours of clinical practice and 30 hours of continuing education in cardiac-vascular nursing to sit for the exam.

Advanced degrees always boost your RN salary. While there aren’t specific advanced practice degrees/certifications in EP lab nursing, you can obtain your graduate degree and board certification as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. These serve you well in electrophysiology by allowing you to pursue an APRN role while giving your paycheck a bump.

Where do Electrophysiology Lab Nurses get paid the most?

StateAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
New Mexico$5,173$5,548
New Hampshire$4,234$4,234
Indiana$4,043$4,216
South Dakota$3,963$4,380
Oklahoma$3,963$4,224
New Jersey$3,852$3,852
Pennsylvania$3,773$4,662
Connecticut$3,697$3,794
California$3,585$5,456
Washington$3,518$4,087

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What cities pay the most for Electrophysiology Lab Nurse?

CityAverage Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Santa Clara, California$5,456$5,456
Albuquerque, New Mexico$5,173$5,548
West Chester, Pennsylvania$4,662$4,662
Greensburg, Pennsylvania$4,284$4,284
Manchester, New Hampshire$4,234$4,234
Fort Myers, Florida$4,229$5,120
Syracuse, New York$4,180$4,224
Danville, Pennsylvania$4,096$4,096
Newburgh, Indiana$4,043$4,216
Rapid City, South Dakota$3,963$4,380

Top Electrophysiology Lab Nurse Jobs

View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology LabSpringboard Healthcare
Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology Lab
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Springboard Healthcare
4 hours ago
Dec 2013 wks5x8 hrs
$4,662/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology Lab
Killeen, Texas
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4 hours ago
ASAP13 wks5x8 hrs
$3,720/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology LabAdvantis Medical
Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology Lab
Kansas City, Missouri
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
ASAP13 wks3x12 hrs
$2,995/wk
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Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology Lab
Silver Spring, Maryland
Advantis Medical
4 hours ago
Dec 613 wks3x12 hrs
$2,534/wk
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View job details for Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology LabArdor Health Solutions
Travel Nurse RN - Electrophysiology Lab
Staten Island, New York
Ardor Health Solutions
3 hours ago
Dec 1313 wks4x10 hrsDaysCOVID19
$2,099/wk
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What are the highest paying Agencies for Electrophysiology Lab Nurse jobs?

Average Weekly SalaryMax Weekly Salary
Gale Healthcare Solutions$4,367$5,548
Next Move Inc$4,210$4,618
Tact Medical Staffing$4,030$4,290
Medical Solutions$3,863$4,087
Synergy Medical Staffing$3,703$4,956
Sharp Nursing Medical Staffing$3,653$4,000
Medical Staffing Options$3,636$4,635
Coast Medical Service$3,519$3,930
Destination Travelcare$3,485$4,080
Stability Healthcare$3,382$3,936