Chief Radiation Therapist Salary
Just under two-thirds of Chief Radiation Therapists in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $68K to $113K per year, but median earnings come to around $92K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Radiation Therapists. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Chief Radiation Therapists making up 73 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$70,653 - $113,663|
|Total Pay (||$67,760 - $112,809|
|Hourly Rate||$30.07 - $50.28|
|Total Pay (||$67,760 - $112,809|
Job Description for Chief Radiation Therapist
Chief radiation therapists generally work at hospitals or medical laboratories. Most employers require that candidates have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in radiation therapy, completion of a radiography program from an accredited college or university, or a 12-month certification program in radiation therapy, and prior work and supervisory experience are also required.Read More...
Chief radiation therapists must be thoroughly knowledgeable of radiation therapy theory, applications and safety protocols, and must ensure that these protocols are met by all radiation therapists working underneath them. Excellent leadership, communication, and organizational skills are important in this position, and they must also show independence in setting and meeting deadlines and delegating duties. They are also required to oversee the daily activities of their therapists and follow up with them on assignments and/or problem-resolutions.
Chief radiation therapists must conduct performance reviews on a regular basis per their companies' procedures and provide feedback to their employees on a timely basis. They must be able to work in team environments; when working directly with patients, they must be compassionate, maintain a positive attitude, and provide emotional support. They must also be comfortable with giving presentations, and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Power Point, Word, Excel, Outlook) is beneficial. Those in this position must always stay up-to-date with new technology and imaging devices, and they occasionally need to attend training classes, workshops, or conferences.
Chief Radiation Therapist Tasks
- Generate radiation therapy treatment plans with the guidance of a radiation oncologist.
- Supervise and organize technical work for the Radiation Oncology department.
- Observe and monitor the quality of patient care, prepare reports based on activities.
- Plan and evaluate the use of staff, resources for departmental programs and services.
- Monitor observance to policies and standards and state regulations.
Pay by Experience Level for Chief Radiation Therapist
Pay by Experience for a Chief Radiation Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Chief Radiation Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 14 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Chief Radiation Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 47 salaries. An experienced Chief Radiation Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 52 salaries. A Chief Radiation Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 28 salaries.
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