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MRI Technologist Salary (United States)

Median pay for MRI Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $29.16 per hour. Compensation ranges between $22.02 per hour and $38.31. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. MRI Technologists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. For the most part, MRI Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
MRI Technologist Salary (?
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$40,040 - $81,214
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MEDIAN: $57,337
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MRI Technologist Salary (?
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$22.02 - $38.31
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,040 - $81,214  
   
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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$45,533 - $81,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.02 - $38.31  
   
Overtime
$29.76 - $58.86  
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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$45,533 - $81,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,042
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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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for MRI Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. MRI Technologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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For those looking to make money, MRI Technologists in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. MRI Technologists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). MRI Technologists in Kansas City report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 20 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbus (14 percent lower) and Richmond (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects MRI Technologist Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect MRI Technologist Salaries

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Computed Tomography (CT)
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National Average
$61,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 19%