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MRI Technologist Salary

Pay for MRI Technologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $29.24 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $22.30 per hour and $38.69. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Women make up the majority of MRI Technologists (60 percent) who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, MRI Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half.

$40,278 - $79,995
(Median)
$40K
$57K
$80K
MEDIAN: $56,806
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$22.30 - $38.69
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,278 - $79,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $4,122  
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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$46,098 - $81,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.30 - $38.69  
   
Overtime
$30.54 - $59.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $4,122  
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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$46,098 - $81,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,128

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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 narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, and Radiology can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those who know Magnetic Resonance Imaging also know Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for MRI Technologist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $60K on average — a distinctly larger sum. MRI Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $66K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

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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 197 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%