Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salary

Earnings for Computed Tomography Technologists in the United States come in at around $25.78 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $19.79 per hour and $34.69. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Computed Tomography Technologists. The majority of Computed Tomography Technologists (61 percent) who took the survey are female. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,675 - $75,631
(Median)
$44K
$57K
$76K
MEDIAN: $56,957
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$19.79 - $34.69
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$43,675 - $75,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $625  
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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$41,636 - $73,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.79 - $34.69  
   
Overtime
$23.15 - $52.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $625  
   
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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$41,636 - $73,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,302
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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. Becoming a Computed Tomography Scan Technologist or a CAT Scan Technologist is a common transition from a Computed Tomography Technologist role.

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Popular Skills for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist


Survey results suggest that Computed Tomography Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. 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.


Computed Tomography Technologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. For Computed Tomography Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $64K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Computed Tomography Technologists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Computed Tomography Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Austin (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Oklahoma City. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Jacksonville (10 percent less) and Charleston (7 percent less).

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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
0%

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 180 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
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 18%
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