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Chief Radiation Therapist Salary

Slightly less than 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 $70K to $115K per year, but median earnings come to around $89K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. For the most part, Chief Radiation Therapists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$71,242 - $113,538
(Median)
$71K
$89K
$110K
MEDIAN: $89,471
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$31.57 - $52.79
(Median)
$32
$39
$53
MEDIAN: $39.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$71,242 - $113,538  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
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$70,106 - $115,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$27$54$81
Hourly Rate
$31.57 - $52.79  
   
Overtime
$47.05 - $79.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
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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$70,106 - $115,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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.


For many Chief Radiation Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $77K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $82K. Chief Radiation Therapists bring in $91K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

Chief Radiation Therapist Reviews

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 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$88,000

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
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

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