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.

$69,708 - $112,983
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MEDIAN: $92,139
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$31.54 - $52.10
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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$69,708 - $112,983  
   
Bonus
$4,750  
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$68,717 - $112,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$31.54 - $52.10  
   
Overtime
$57.00  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
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$68,717 - $112,786  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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.


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.

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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 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$90,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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