Chief Radiation Therapist Salary

Chief Radiation Therapists who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than two-thirds of Chief Radiation Therapists. Pay fluctuates from $70K to $115K per year, but expected earnings average $90K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Chief Radiation Therapists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The majority of Chief Radiation Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$71,285 - $113,936
(Median)
$71K
$90K
$110K
MEDIAN: $90,444
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90%

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$31.83 - $52.77
(Median)
$32
$40
$53
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$71,285 - $113,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
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$70,368 - $115,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$31.83 - $52.77  
   
Overtime
$46.88 - $79.25  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,826  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$70,368 - $115,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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.

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Chief Radiation Therapist Tasks

  • Plan and evaluate the use of staff, resources for departmental programs and services.
  • Monitor observance to policies and standards and state regulations.
  • Observe and monitor the quality of patient care, prepare reports based on activities.
  • Generate radiation therapy treatment plans with the guidance of a radiation oncologist.
  • Supervise and organize technical work for the Radiation Oncology department.

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Pay by Experience Level for Chief Radiation Therapist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Chief Radiation Therapists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $78K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $92K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $101K.

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What is it like working as a Chief Radiation Therapist?

Chief Radiation Therapist in Edinburg:
"Rewarding, stimulating,"
Pros: Working with staff and patients to make sure they are satisfied in their daily environment.
Cons: Working with adminstrative personell that do not have a clinical background who have their own vision of how a Cancer Center out-patient clinic should be run. Very frustrating have to "teach" them all about the clinic part of the business when they should already have some idea of what goes on in their department.

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Experience Affects Chief Radiation Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$89,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 15%
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