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Mammographer Salary

Most Mammographers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $25.75 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Mammographers. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,000 - $73,145
(Median)
$37K
$54K
$73K
MEDIAN: $54,093
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$19.88 - $34.48
(Median)
$20
$26
$34
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,000 - $73,145  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
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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$41,394 - $71,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.88 - $34.48  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
   
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).
)
$41,394 - $71,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367

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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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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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Typical Mammographers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Radiology, Computed Tomography, and mammography are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mammography. Experience with mammography is often linked with knowledge of Radiology.

Pay by Experience Level for Mammographer

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


Mammographers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. Mammographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $58K.

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Experience Affects Mammographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Mammographer Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

National Average
$54,000

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 3%

mammography
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
99 %
Male
1 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 28%
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