Mammographer Salary

Most Mammographers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $25.84 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Most Mammographers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,248 - $72,908
(Median)
$37K
$55K
$73K
MEDIAN: $54,666
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$19.98 - $34.58
(Median)
$20
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$37,248 - $72,908  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
Total Pay (?
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$41,601 - $72,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.98 - $34.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$41,601 - $72,072  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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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 who transition into an upper level Mammography Technologist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Mammography Technologist makes $53K a year.

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Mammographers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Radiology, Computed Tomography, and mammography are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include mammography. Mammography and Radiology are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Mammographer

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


For Mammographers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $49K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. Mammographers bring in $56K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Mammographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 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
27%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 29%
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