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Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary

Computed Tomography Technologists in the United States take home approximately $25.54 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $19.63 per hour and $34.51. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Most Computed Tomography Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. There are more female Computed Tomography Technologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 62 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$41,957 - $74,574
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MEDIAN: $57,274
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$41,957 - $74,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $773  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,068  
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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$41,241 - $73,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.63 - $34.51  
   
Overtime
$25.59 - $52.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $773  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,068  
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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$41,241 - $73,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,206
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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 Technologists transition into upper-level roles such as Radiology Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Radiology Managers on average earn $69K per year. A Computed Tomography Technologist may also move into a role as a Computed Tomography Scan Technologist or a CAT Scan Technologist.

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Popular Skills for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist


Survey results show that Computed Tomography Technologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Emergency/Trauma, Computed Tomography, Picture Archival Computer System, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include mammography. Those proficient in Computed Tomography are, more often than not, also skilled 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. Computed Tomography Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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


For those looking to make money, Computed Tomography Technologists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Computed Tomography Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+22 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Jacksonville (11 percent lower) and Charleston (8 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

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 2%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
0%

National Average
$54,000

mammography
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%