Chief Radiation Therapist Salary

With just under two-thirds of Chief Radiation Therapists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $69K to $115K per year and averages out to $91K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Chief Radiation Therapists. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$70,902 - $114,181
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MEDIAN: $91,099
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$31.36 - $53.13
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MEDIAN: $40
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$70,902 - $114,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
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$69,491 - $115,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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Hourly Rate
$31.36 - $53.13  
   
Overtime
$45.89 - $81.87  
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$0.00 - $9,658  
   
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$69,491 - $115,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $78K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $83K. For Chief Radiation Therapists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $92K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Chief Radiation Therapist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $103K on average.

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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 3%

National Average
$90,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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