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Mammography Technologist Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Mammography Technologists in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $26.91 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Mammography Technologist Salary (?
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$37,652 - $69,880
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MEDIAN: $51,643
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Mammography Technologist Salary (?
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$20.20 - $35.55
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$37,652 - $69,880  
   
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$0.00 - $993  
Total Pay (?
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$41,621 - $74,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.20 - $35.55  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $54.98  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $993  
   
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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$41,621 - $74,600  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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Job Description for Mammography Technologist

Mammography technologists are responsible for performing mammography exams, using a sophisticated X-ray of the breast for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as breast cancer. The technologist's daily duties consist of operating the X-ray equipment and performing a variety of mammography-related diagnostic procedures. They work in a doctor's office, hospital, or other medical setting and are required to be proficient in mammography positioning and exposure techniques.
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Mammography Technologist 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 Mammography Technologist

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Mammography Technologists sometimes move into a Chief Mammography Technologist role, where the salary is similar. Mammography Technologists most often move into positions as Mammographers or Licensed Mammographers. Mammographers actually earn $2K less on average, however, and Licensed Mammographers earn $4K less per year than Mammography Technologists do.

Mammography Technologist Job Listings

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Mammography Technologists usually report a few specific skills. Mammography and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Mammography Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Mammography Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $55K. For Mammography Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Mammography Technologists who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $62K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$56,000
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With a pay rate for Mammography Technologists that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Mammography Technologists will also find cushy salaries in New York (+32 percent) and Seattle (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects Mammography Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Mammography Technologist Salaries

mammography
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
99%
female alumni
 
Male
1%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%