MRI Technologist Salary

MRI Technologists in the United States take home approximately $29.31 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $22.25 per hour and $38.81. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career length and the particular employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female MRI Technologists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (60 percent) are women. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half.

$40,517 - $80,266

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$22.25 - $38.81

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,517 - $80,266  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,001  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $4,055  
Total Pay (?
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$46,144 - $81,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.25 - $38.81  
   
Overtime
$30.53 - $60.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,001  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $4,055  
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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$46,144 - $81,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,214
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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 only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, and Radiology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiology. Those proficient in Magnetic Resonance Imaging are, more often than not, also skilled 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. MRI Technologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. 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 $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for MRI Technologists, 36 percent higher than the national average. MRI Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), New York (+19 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). For MRI Technologists, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — Kansas City, Columbus, and St. Louis — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Columbus and 11 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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National Average
$61,000

Computed Tomography (CT)
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Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%
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