MRI Technologist Salary

MRI Technologists in the United States take home an average $29.96 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of MRI Technologists spread between $48K and $84K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most MRI Technologists. The majority of MRI Technologists (65 percent) who took the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$43,575 - $86,373
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$62K
$86K
MEDIAN: $62,062
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$23.29 - $39.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,575 - $86,373  
   
Bonus
$192.71 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
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$48,259 - $84,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$23.29 - $39.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.32  
Overtime
$29.36 - $59.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$192.71 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $10,033  
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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$48,259 - $84,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,324

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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 top-notch employers for MRI Technologists in this area. New York Presbyterian Hospital leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $83K. Also paying near the top of the field are MRI Group at $75K, HCA, Inc. at $69K, and The Veterans Administration (United States), where MRI Technologists annually earn $67K.

Advanced Imaging, Alliance Imaging, Inc., and Radnet also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $62K, $62K, and $66K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for MRI Technologist


MRI Technologists report using a wide range of professional 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 and Radiology Information Systems. Those proficient in Magnetic Resonance Imaging are, more often than not, also skilled 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: $63,027

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MRI Technologists will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. MRI Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+18 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Tucson (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Miami (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for MRI Technologist

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects MRI Technologist Salaries

▲19%

▲7%

▼0%

National Average
$63,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect MRI Technologist Salaries

MRI
▲6%

Nuclear Medicine
▲2%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
▼0%

National Average
$63,000


Radiology Information Systems (RIS)
▼3%

▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%
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