Chief Radiation Therapist Salary
Chief Radiation Therapists in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $92K annually on average but can range from $69K to $113K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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.
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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.
The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $86K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $85K on average. For Chief Radiation Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $95K. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K.