MRI Technologist Salary

The average MRI Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $29.31 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $22.31 per hour and $38.98. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Most MRI Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. MRI Technologists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,443 - $79,940
(Median)
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$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $57,091
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$22.31 - $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
$40,443 - $79,940  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $4,085  
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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$46,186 - $82,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.31 - $38.98  
   
Overtime
$30.32 - $60.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $996  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $4,085  
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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$46,186 - $82,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,201
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, and Radiology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiology. Most people skilled in Magnetic Resonance Imaging are similarly competent 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 many MRI Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $54K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $60K. MRI Technologists see a median salary of $66K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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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Computed Tomography (CT)
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National Average
$61,000

Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 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
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 19%
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