Mammographer Salary

Mammographers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $25.82 per hour for pay. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Mammographers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$44,465 - $73,998
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$44K
$58K
$74K
MEDIAN: $58,064
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$20.00 - $34.60
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$44,465 - $73,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $800  
Total Pay (?
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$41,904 - $72,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$20.00 - $34.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.72  
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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$41,904 - $72,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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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For Mammographers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Mammographers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Mammography Technologist.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Mammographers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Radiology, Computed Tomography, and mammography are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include mammography and Computed Tomography. Those with knowledge of mammography tend to be skilled in Radiology as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Mammographer

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


For Mammographers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $56K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Mammographers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

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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 5%

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 58 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: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 28%
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