Chief Radiation Therapist Salary
Nearly 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 $112K per year, but median earnings come to around $92K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Chief Radiation Therapists make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Radiation Therapists. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$69,339 - $113,150|
|Total Pay (||$67,674 - $112,176|
|Hourly Rate||$30.81 - $50.10|
|Total Pay (||$67,674 - $112,176|
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
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $87K, and those with five to 10 years' experience report a lower median of $84K. Chief Radiation Therapists see a median salary of $93K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $99K.
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