Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary (United States)

Nuclear Medicine Technologists in the United States usually make around $29.34 per hour. The range in pay spans from $22.66 per hour to $39.08. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although 23 percent lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Women Nuclear Medicine Technologists just slightly outnumber men in the field. The majority of Nuclear Medicine Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary (?
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$46,157 - $85,243
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MEDIAN: $62,215
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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary (?
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$22.66 - $39.08
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$46,157 - $85,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $6,362  
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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$47,566 - $83,534  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$22.66 - $39.08  
   
Overtime
$32.56 - $59.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,984  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $6,362  
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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$47,566 - $83,534  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 814
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Job Description for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Nuclear medicine technologist help deliver professional, personalized, quality care for patients. They perform and analyze therapeutic and diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures. Conducting quality control and quality assurance procedures in compliance with state, local, and federal regulations is also expected. This job often takes place in a fast-paced environment in which technology changes regularly; this means technologists must take relevant classes periodically to stay up to date on technologies and procedures.
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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Tasks
  • Prepare and administer radiopharmaceuticals or radiation to patients using radioisotope equipment under direction of physician.
  • Explain test procedures and safety precautions to patients and assist them during procedures.
  • Calculate, measure and record radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received, used and disposed, using computer and following physician's prescription.
  • Collects and analyzes data, produces a computer-generated or film image for interpretation by a physician.

Common Career Paths for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

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For Nuclear Medicine Technologists, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Nuclear Medicine Supervisor will earn $14,924 more than someone not as far along in their career. Nuclear Medicine Technologists moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technologist Supervisors, where paychecks increase by $9,754 or $12,679 per year.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Typical Nuclear Medicine Technologists report a focused set of job skills. Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent respectively. The majority of those who know Cardiology also know Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Though starting salaries approximate $57K, they climb to $63K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $68K after one to two decades. Salary increase slows as Nuclear Medicine Technologists pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Dallas
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Chicago
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Detroit
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Indianapolis
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National Average
$62,000
Birmingham
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Houston
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Orlando
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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Nuclear Medicine Technologists, 47 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, and New York, top-paying cities where Nuclear Medicine Technologists see paychecks higher than average (+11 percent, +8 percent, +8 percent, and +2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 19 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -10 percent in Nashville and -10 percent in Louisville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries

Nuclear Medicine
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Cardiology
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National Average
$62,000
Radiology
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 173 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 23%
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