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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary

The average Computed Tomography Technologist in the United States earns approximately $25.71 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $19.74 per hour and $34.76. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Female Computed Tomography Technologists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. Job satisfaction for Computed Tomography Technologists is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,129 - $75,044
(Median)
$43K
$57K
$75K
MEDIAN: $56,940
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$19.74 - $34.76
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$43,129 - $75,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $523  
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $2,023  
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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$41,513 - $74,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.74 - $34.76  
   
Overtime
$23.50 - $52.22  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $523  
   
Profit Sharing
$425.00 - $2,023  
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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$41,513 - $74,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,264

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Job Description for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist

A computed tomography (CT) technologist is a medical-imaging specialist who is responsible for running the equipment necessary to obtain images of clients needed by medical professionals providing care. CT technologists are directed by medical professionals to take an image of particular area of the patient.

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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Tasks

  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  • Calibrate, maintain and troubleshoot radiologic equipment.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Perform an array of computerized tomographic scanner processes.
  • Operate CT scanner to provide cross-sectional images and data for medical treatment and diagnosis.

Common Career Paths for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist


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Computed Tomography Technologists who go on to become Radiology Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Radiology Managers is $70K annually. It is not uncommon for a Computed Tomography Technologist to continue on to become a Computed Tomography Scan Technologist or a CAT Scan Technologist.

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Popular Skills for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist


Computed Tomography Technologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, Emergency/Trauma, Picture Archival Computer System, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mammography. Most people familiar with Computed Tomography also know Picture Archival Computer System (PACS) and Emergency/Trauma.

Pay by Experience Level for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Computed Tomography Technologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. On average, Computed Tomography Technologists make $60K following one to two decades on the job. Computed Tomography Technologists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $64K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 44 percent, Computed Tomography Technologists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Computed Tomography Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+29 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Austin (+14 percent). Oklahoma City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Jacksonville and Charleston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries



National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries

Computed Tomography (CT)
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Emergency/Trauma
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Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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National Average
$54,000

Radiology
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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mammography
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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