MRI Technologist Salary
Average MRI Technologists in the United States make around $29.80 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more female MRI Technologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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.Read More...
Additionally, the MRI technologist is in charge of keeping the equipment clean, as well as conducting regular assessments of equipment and documenting that it is in working order. Any supplies necessary for machine operation must remained stocked by the technologist as well.
MRI technologists generally need vocational or technical school training in the field; he or she then needs to pass a certification in one or more areas before a hospital or clinic will consider an applicant. In many cases, MRI technologists work during regular business hours hours, but in some larger facilities, techologists work a variety of day and evening shifts.
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
MRI Technologists flock to Radnet, HCA, Inc., Advanced Imaging, Alliance Imaging, Inc., and Mercy Hospital, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. MRI Technologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at MRI Group, where the average salary comes to $75K. MRI Technologists will also find cushy salaries at The Veterans Administration (United States) (+$67K), HCA, Inc. (+$67K), and Radnet (+$66K).
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
Survey results show that MRI Technologists use a fair number of skills. 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. For most people, competency in Magnetic Resonance Imaging indicates knowledge of Computed Tomography (CT).
Pay by Experience Level for MRI Technologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $57K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $62K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $68K in this role. As MRI Technologists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $75K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for MRI Technologists that is 24 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. MRI Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+20 percent), Denver (+16 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Tampa (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Indianapolis (13 percent lower).
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