MRI Technologist Salary

MRI Technologists in the United States take home an average $29.50 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $22.49 per hour and $38.98. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Women account for the majority of MRI Technologists who responded to the questionnaire — 60 percent to be exact. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. The majority of MRI Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$42,059 - $81,952
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$42K
$60K
$82K
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
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for MRI Technologist


Although salaries only range from $52K to just $81K, Radnet still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $70K.

Popular Skills for MRI Technologist


Survey takers who work as MRI Technologists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


MRI Technologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $61K. MRI Technologists bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,881

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San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for MRI Technologists, 35 percent higher than the national average. MRI Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+27 percent), New York (+18 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with MRI Technologists in Kansas City earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 10 percent less in St. Louis and 3 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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