The average MRI Technologist in the United States earns approximately $29.79 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by geography and experience level. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The majority of MRI Technologists (63 percent) who took the survey are female. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$43,052 - $85,841  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $3,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
Total Pay (?
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$47,927 - $83,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$23.10 - $39.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.63  
Overtime
$30.38 - $59.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.63 - $3,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$47,927 - $83,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,287
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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


MRI Technologists fill the offices of leading firms Radnet, HCA, Inc., Alliance Imaging, Inc., Mercy Hospital, and Advanced Imaging. MRI Technologists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at MRI Group, where the average salary comes to $79K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include The Veterans Administration (United States), HCA, Inc., and Radnet, where MRI Technologists typically earn around $67K, $67K, or $66K, respectively.

Advanced Imaging, Alliance Imaging, Inc. and Radnet are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $62K, $62K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for MRI Technologist


MRI Technologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Those proficient in Magnetic Resonance Imaging are, more often than not, also skilled in Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for MRI Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for MRI Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. MRI Technologists bring in $68K after working for 10 to 20 years. MRI Technologists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $74K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,502

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New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for MRI Technologists, 20 percent above the national average. MRI Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+20 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Tampa (+8 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (15 percent lower) and Indianapolis (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects MRI Technologist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect MRI Technologist Salaries

MRI
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Nuclear Medicine
up arrow 3%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Computed Tomography (CT)
0%

National Average
$63,000

Radiology Information Systems (RIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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