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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary (United States)

Computed Tomography Technologists in the United States pull down an average of $25.39 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $19.49 per hour to $34.58. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary (?
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$41,255 - $73,319
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MEDIAN: $57,081
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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary (?
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$19.49 - $34.58
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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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  
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: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $34.58  
   
Overtime
$24.04 - $52.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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At the upper end, Computed Tomography Technologists who move into a Radiology Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The typical income for Radiology Managers is $69K per year. Becoming a Computed Tomography Scan Technologist or a CAT Scan Technologist is often the next step for a Computed Tomography Technologist.

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Popular Skills for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist

Typical Computed Tomography Technologists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Magnetic Resonance Imaging , Picture Archival Computer System , Emergency/Trauma, and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in Computed Tomography tend to be well versed in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Computed Tomography Technologists make $61K following one to two decades on the job. 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. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately 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 about a seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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$54,000
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For Computed Tomography Technologists, New York provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, and Dallas, where Computed Tomography Technologists typically earn around 24 percent, 21 percent, 19 percent, and 14 percent more than usual. Oklahoma City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Jacksonville (13 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (6 percent lower).

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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%