MRI Technologist Salary

Earnings for MRI Technologists in the United States come in at around $29.86 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to MRI Technologists approaches anywhere from $48K on the lower end to $84K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. More than half of MRI Technologists (65 percent) survey participants are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers.

$43,473 - $85,729
$43K
$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $61,877
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$23.30 - $39.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,473 - $85,729  
   
Bonus
$101.13 - $3,420  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
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$48,330 - $84,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$23.30 - $39.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.63  
Overtime
$29.29 - $58.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$101.13 - $3,420  
   
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $10,137  
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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$48,330 - $84,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,253

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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

  • 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.
  • Explain procedure to patient, position and immobilize patient on exam table and observe during scan under direction of physician.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for MRI Technologist


Radnet, HCA, Inc., Advanced Imaging, Alliance Imaging, Inc., and Mercy Hospital are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of MRI Technologists. New York Presbyterian Hospital attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $83K. Other big spenders include MRI Group, HCA, Inc., and The Veterans Administration (United States), top-paying firms where MRI Technologists see paychecks nearing $75K, $69K, or $67K.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Advanced Imaging ($62K), Alliance Imaging, Inc. ($62K), and Radnet ($66K).

Popular Skills for MRI Technologist


MRI Technologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiology. Those educated in Magnetic Resonance Imaging tend to be well versed in Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for MRI Technologist

Pay by Experience for an MRI Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level MRI Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 622 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An MRI Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 372 salaries. An experienced MRI Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 474 salaries. An MRI Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 247 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,796

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for MRI Technologists, 25 percent higher than the national average. MRI Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+18 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Tucson (+8 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. St. Louis and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for MRI Technologist

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects MRI Technologist Salaries

▲20%

▲8%

▼0%

National Average
$63,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect MRI Technologist Salaries

MRI
▲6%

Nuclear Medicine
▲3%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
▼0%

National Average
$63,000


Radiology Information Systems (RIS)
▼3%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 19%
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