Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary

Computed Tomography Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $25.81 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $19.79 per hour, and the top verges on $34.84. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Computed Tomography Technologists who responded to the questionnaire — 61 percent to be exact. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,602 - $75,741
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$44K
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MEDIAN: $56,708
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$19.79 - $34.84
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$43,602 - $75,741  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $720  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $1,989  
Total Pay (?
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$41,632 - $74,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.79 - $34.84  
   
Overtime
$23.15 - $52.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $720  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $1,989  
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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$41,632 - $74,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,310
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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.

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Computed Tomography Technologists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Radiology Manager. The average Radiology Manager brings home $70K per year. A Computed Tomography Scan Technologist or a CAT Scan Technologist is a typical transition from a Computed Tomography Technologist role.

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Popular Skills for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist


Computed Tomography Technologists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, Emergency/Trauma, Picture Archival Computer System, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include mammography. For most people, competency in Computed Tomography indicates knowledge of 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 many Computed Tomography Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Computed Tomography Technologists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Computed Tomography Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Denver (+18 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). In Oklahoma City, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Jacksonville and Charleston (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries



National Average
$55,000



Skills That Affect Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries

Computed Tomography (CT)
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Emergency/Trauma
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National Average
$55,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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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 181 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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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