MRI Technologist Salary

MRI Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $29.29 per hour. Pay ranges from $22.28 per hour on the low end to $38.88 on the high end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Job satisfaction for MRI Technologists is high. Female MRI Technologists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 60 percent of professionals. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance.

$40,443 - $80,192
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,091
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$22.28 - $38.88
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,443 - $80,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $4,085  
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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$46,129 - $81,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.28 - $38.88  
   
Overtime
$30.53 - $60.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $4,085  
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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$46,129 - $81,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,205
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Job Description for MRI Technologist

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, creates images of soft tissue and organ systems for use by health care professionals. The MRI technologist operates the machines used in creating these detailed images. They work alongside other healthcare professionals to assist them and the patient in creating useful scans with which doctors can make assessments and develop a treatment strategy. An MRI technologist must possess not only the technical knowledge to operate the machinery, but also needs to know techniques to situate the patient so scans are most useful to physicians and specialists. MRI technologist must have an excellent bedside manner with patients of all ages; if the technologist is assigned to a particular age group, they may need to have particular skills interacting with that demographic.

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MRI Technologist Tasks

  • Operate magnetic resonance imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Explain procedure to patient, position and immobilize patient on exam table and observe during scan under direction of physician.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Review and evaluate computer generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.

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Popular Skills for MRI Technologist


MRI Technologists who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, and Radiology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiology. Those educated in Magnetic Resonance Imaging tend to be well versed in Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for MRI Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For MRI Technologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, MRI Technologists make a median salary of $66K. 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 $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For MRI Technologists, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. MRI Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), New York (+19 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). The Midwest is anything but the land of opportunity for MRI Technologists. The region is home to the three lowest-paying cities in the field, with Kansas City, Columbus, and St. Louis all offering salaries below the national rate. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (13 percent less) and St. Louis (11 percent less).

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Experience Affects MRI Technologist Salaries



National Average
$61,000



Skills That Affect MRI Technologist Salaries

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Computed Tomography (CT)
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National Average
$61,000

Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 19%
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