Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary

The average Nuclear Medicine Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $30.19 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Nuclear Medicine Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Women make up a slight majority of Nuclear Medicine Technologists (55 percent) survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,214 - $91,606
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MEDIAN: $66,072
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$24.03 - $41.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,214 - $91,606  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,750  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$49,585 - $88,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.03 - $41.19  
   
Overtime
$33.36 - $61.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,750  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
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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$49,585 - $88,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 693

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Nuclear Medicine Technologist


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Though it's uncommon, some Nuclear Medicine Technologists move into roles as Nuclear Medicine Supervisors, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $77K per year. Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists or Positron Emission Tomography Technologists are common next-step roles for Nuclear Medicine Technologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists is $8K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Positron Emission Tomography Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist


Nuclear Medicine Technologists note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Positron Emission Tomography, Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiology. For most people, competency in Cardiology indicates knowledge of 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.


For many Nuclear Medicine Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $65K. Nuclear Medicine Technologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Nuclear Medicine 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 $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,128

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For those looking to make money, Nuclear Medicine Technologists in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Nuclear Medicine Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+34 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), San Antonio (+2 percent), and New York (+1 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Nuclear Medicine Technologist's salary, with Pittsburgh Nuclear Medicine Technologists earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Birmingham and Fayetteville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries

▲18%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$64,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries


▲1%

Nuclear Medicine
▼0%

National Average
$64,000


▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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