MRI Technologist Salary

Average MRI Technologists in the United States make around $29.50 per hour. Earnings sit near $22.49 per hour on the lower side but can approach $38.98 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. Women make up the majority of MRI Technologists (60 percent) who completed the questionnaire. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, MRI Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction.

$42,059 - $81,952
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$42K
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MEDIAN: $59,613
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$22.49 - $38.98
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,059 - $81,952  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$46,663 - $82,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.49 - $38.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.63  
Overtime
$31.13 - $59.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $5,000  
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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$46,663 - $82,509  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,489
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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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Salary cannot be beat at Radnet, where median pay comes to $70K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $52K, and the higher end is not far away at $81K.

Popular Skills for MRI Technologist


Job skills reported by MRI Technologists are limited. Most notably, skills in Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Radiology. Most people experienced in Magnetic Resonance Imaging also know 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $55K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, MRI Technologists make $67K following one to two decades on the job. 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

National Average: $61,881

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For those looking to make money, MRI Technologists in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. MRI Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Kansas City, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in St. Louis and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects MRI Technologist Salaries



National Average
$62,000



Skills That Affect MRI Technologist Salaries

Nuclear Medicine
up arrow 9%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$62,000

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 1%

Radiology
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 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
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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