Average Computed Tomography Technologists in the United States make around $26.78 per hour. Final cash compensation to Computed Tomography Technologists varies from around $43K to approximately $75K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $7K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Computed Tomography Technologists is high. More than half of Computed Tomography Technologists (66 percent) survey participants are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,583 - $77,366
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$41K
$56K
$77K
MEDIAN: $55,985
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$20.60 - $35.55
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,583 - $77,366  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $5,271  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $6,759  
Total Pay (?
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$43,085 - $74,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.60 - $35.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$28.26 - $54.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$193.92 - $5,271  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $6,759  
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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$43,085 - $74,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,370
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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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Computed Tomography Technologists who go on to become Radiology Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Radiology Managers is $71K annually. 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 Employer Salaries for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist


The biggest paychecks can be found at Mercy Hospital — the median salary there is $56K.

Popular Skills for Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist


Computed Tomography Technologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, mammography, Computed Tomography, and Emergency/Trauma are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Computed Tomography are similarly competent 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $50K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $55K. Computed Tomography Technologists bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,137

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Computed Tomography Technologists, 33 percent higher than the national average. Computed Tomography Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+26 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Baltimore (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+11 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. St. Louis and Tulsa are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries



National Average
$56,000



Skills That Affect Computed Tomography (CT) Technologist Salaries

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 4%

mammography
up arrow 3%

Computed Tomography (CT)
0%

National Average
$56,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 1%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 1%

Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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