What You Need to Work as an EKG Tech in Wisconsin

EKG technicians in Wisconsin are unlicensed, so you do not need to have a degree, certificate or license to begin working in the field. Employers may set specific requirements, though, so check with jobs first to find out what you need before applying.

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Most employers prefer to hire EKG techs who have completed some type of post-secondary program. EKG programs are typically eight weeks or less and do not confer a degree. Some employers will hire good candidates who have completed high school but no EKG program. They train these workers on the job.

EKG Training in Wisconsin

While it is not required, completing a program in EKG technology will improve your chances of landing the job you want. It will prepare you to work with patients, to run and analyze EKGs and to apply for national certification. Wisconsin has a few options:

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College. The state’s technical college system offers an EKG program in Milwaukee that includes both online materials and in-person instruction and training. This program will prepare you for an entry-level job and to pass the Certified Cardiographics Technician exam for national certification.
  • University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. This program takes a couple of months to complete and includes an optional externship. This is valuable because it provides hands-on, real world experience performing EKGs. The program will prepare you to pass certification exams including the test offered by the National Healthcareer Association.
  • Trinity Allied Health career Academy. This private program provides everything you need to know to work as an EKG tech and prepares you for national certification. It is located in Milwaukee.

National Certifications for EKG Technicians

You do not have to be certified, but holding a nationally recognized credential is a great way to prove to employers that you have the necessary skills and knowledge for the job. A couple of certifications are most commonly accepted by employers:

  • National Healthcareer Association (NHA). To qualify to take the NHA exam, you must have completed an appropriate training program or have one year working as an EKG tech.
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT). Qualifications for the ASPT certification exam include completion of an EKG training program or relevant work experience, a verification letter from a supervisor or instructor, and an example of an EKG performed on a patient.

Job Growth and Salaries for EKG Technicians

In Wisconsin, the average annual salary is $73,120, with the lowest 10% earning $40,240 or less and the highest 10% earning $104,130 or more. Nationally, the average salary is $66,170, with the lowest 10% earning $36,620 or less and the highest 10% earning $105,140 or more. Regional data within Wisconsin show variations in wages across different metropolitan areas.

National vs. Local Salaries

Location Average Salary 10% Earn Less Than 10% Earn More Than
United States $66,170 $36,620 $105,140
Wisconsin $73,120 $40,240 $104,130

Salaries and Percentiles by Region

Region 10% Earn Less Than 25% Earn Less Than Median Salary 75% Earn More Than 10% Earn More Than
United States $36,620 $44,160 $66,170 $85,930 $105,140
Wisconsin $40,240 $46,400 $73,120 $96,680 $104,130
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI $40,390 $46,140 $64,420 $95,320 $100,880
Duluth, MN-WI $47,240 $66,250 $81,640 $106,430 $106,430
Green Bay, WI $39,090 $45,490 $76,630 $96,680 $137,760
Madison, WI $38,720 $45,580 $77,730 $100,400 $103,850
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI $46,050 $47,390 $76,200 $98,860 $143,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI $51,600 $66,830 $83,040 $90,740 $99,070
Wausau, WI $46,220 $73,120 $84,550 $84,550 $95,210

EKG TechnicianTrends in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, there were 910 employees in 2020, projected to grow to 960 by 2030, representing a 6% increase, with 70 annual job openings. Nationally, there were 58,900 employees in 2022, projected to grow to 61,100 by 2032, a 4% increase, with 3,900 annual job openings.

Table of the Data

Location Year Employment Projected Employment Growth Annual Job Openings
Wisconsin 2020 910 960 6% 70
United States 2022 58,900 61,100 4% 3,900
Source of data:
  • Wisconsin source: Projections Central 2020-2030 long-term projections.
  • United States source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2022-2032 employment projections.

How to Become an EKG Technician in Wisconsin

The electrocardiograph, or EKG machine, takes advantage of the fact that the heart emits electrical signals with each heartbeat. Working closely with nurses and doctors, EKG technicians accurately record and interpret these signals to help diagnose a number of heart conditions. As skilled allied health professionals, EKG technicians have the opportunity to participate in a growing industry without having to undertake years of study to obtain advanced degrees.

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