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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary (United States)

Earnings for Nuclear Medicine Technologists in the United States come in at around $29.47 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22.89 per hour, and the top verges on $39.26. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Nuclear Medicine Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary (?
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$45,214 - $85,634
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MEDIAN: $62,763
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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary (?
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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$22.89 - $39.26
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$45,214 - $85,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $5,174  
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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$47,836 - $83,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.89 - $39.26  
   
Overtime
$32.70 - $60.07  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $5,174  
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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$47,836 - $83,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 819
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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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Nuclear Medicine Technologists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Nuclear Medicine Supervisor. The average Nuclear Medicine Supervisor bring home $77K per year. Career advancement for the typical Nuclear Medicine Technologist often leads to becoming a Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist or a Nuclear Medicine Technologist Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Survey results imply that Nuclear Medicine Technologists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, Positron Emission Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Nuclear Medicine Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. For Nuclear Medicine Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $73K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Chicago
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Detroit
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New York
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Atlanta
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National Average
$62,000
Indianapolis
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Houston
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Orlando
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Charlotte
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Birmingham
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Louisville
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Nashville
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Home to some of the best pay for Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 47 percent above the national average. Nuclear Medicine Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+12 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Detroit (+7 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Nashville and Louisville (11 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries

National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries

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$62,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
52%
female alumni
 
Male
48%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%