Most Mammographers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $27.16 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Mammographers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$44,122 - $76,522
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$44K
$57K
$77K
MEDIAN: $57,249
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$20.54 - $34.67
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$21
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$35
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$44,122 - $76,522  
   
Bonus
$600  
Total Pay (?
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$43,214 - $72,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$20.54 - $34.67  
   
Overtime
$23.74 - $49.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$600  
   
Total Pay (?
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$43,214 - $72,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 422
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Job Description for Mammographer

Mammographers examines human breasts to enable medical diagnosis, performing X-rays and other medical imagining of the chest area, When a patient arrives for a mammogram, the mammographer completes an intake form and initial interview, in which they discuss the reasons for the mammogram and address any questions or concerns. To test properly, the mammographer must ensure that each breast is properly positioned within the mammogram machine to get a clear view of the tissues involved. The mammographer then uses low-does radiation to acquire clear images, taking special care to follow procedures that minimize patients’ and medical personnel’s exposure to unnecessary radiation levels. Once the needed images have been acquired, the images are examined to ensure they are sharp and clear enough; if they are not, the mammographer takes additional images. In some cases, if they have the proper training, the mammographer may inform the patient about what is visible in the images. Generally, the patient later meets with a doctor who has examined the images to discuss the results.

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Mammographer Tasks

  • Review and evaluate developed mammograms or other digital breast images for clarity.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Explain procedures and observe patients to ensure safety and comfort during scan.
  • Operate mammography unit to produce images of the breasts for diagnostic purposes.

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Mammographers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Mammography Technologist. Median pay for Mammography Technologists is $53K.

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Popular Skills for Mammographer


Survey results imply that Mammographers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Radiology, Mammographer, and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include mammography, Computed Tomography, and Mammographer. Aptitude in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tends to also indicate an understanding of Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mammographer

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


For many Mammographers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $52K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $56K. Mammographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. Mammographers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $60K.

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Experience Affects Mammographer Salaries


Experienced
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National Average
$57,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Mammographer Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

National Average
$57,000

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Mammographer
up arrow 5%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 8%

mammography
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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