Mammographer Salary

The larger portion of Mammographers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $26.45 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$42,747 - $72,538
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$43K
$56K
$73K
MEDIAN: $56,485
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$20.31 - $34.77
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$20
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$42,747 - $72,538  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
Total Pay (?
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$42,449 - $72,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.31 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$1.79 - $46.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
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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$42,449 - $72,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 503
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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.

Common Career Paths for Mammographer


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Many Mammographers move into a Mammography Technologist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Mammography Technologists on average bring in a similar salary to Mammographers.

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Popular Skills for Mammographer


Mammographers report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Radiology, Computed Tomography, and mammography are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include mammography and Computed Tomography. Many workers who know mammography also know Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mammographer

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $50K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $60K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Mammographer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Mammographer Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Radiology
0%

National Average
$55,000

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 6%

mammography
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
100 %
Male
0 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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