Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists in the United States typically come in around $25.39 per hour. Pay starts at $19.49 per hour and can approach $34.58 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary (?
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$41,255 - $73,319
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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary (?
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$19.49 - $34.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$41,255 - $73,319  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $881  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,918  
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$40,921 - $73,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $34.58  
   
Overtime
$24.04 - $52.56  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $881  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,918  
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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$40,921 - $73,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,148
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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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As Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Radiology Manager may earn an extra $14,747 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. Becoming a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan Technologist or a CAT Scan Technologist is often the next step for a Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist.

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Popular Skills for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist

Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists seem to require a number of specific skills. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Picture Archival Computer System (PACS) are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 4 percent respectively. The majority of those who know Computed Tomography (CT) also know Picture Archival Computer System (PACS) and Emergency/Trauma.

Pay by Experience Level for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist

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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $48K to $55K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $61K. After 20 years in the field, Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $64K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$54,000
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With a pay rate for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists that is 42 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, and Dallas also offer top salaries for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 24 percent, 21 percent, 19 percent, and 14 percent more, respectively. The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Oklahoma City. Workers in Jacksonville and Pittsburgh earn less than others in this profession; their -13 percent and -6 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Skills That Affect Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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Emergency/Trauma
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Computed Tomography (CT)
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Radiology
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National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%