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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary (United States)

Pay for Nuclear Medicine Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $29.34 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $22.66 per hour, and the top verges on $39.08. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 52 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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 (?
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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$22.66 - $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  
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  
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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Nuclear Medicine Technologists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Nuclear Medicine Supervisor. Nuclear Medicine Supervisors bring home $77K per year on average. Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technologist Supervisors are common next-step roles for Nuclear Medicine Technologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists is $10K higher on average, and it's $13K higher for Nuclear Medicine Technologist Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Survey results suggest that Nuclear Medicine Technologists put a wide range of professional skills 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 skilled in Cardiology are similarly competent in 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 Nuclear Medicine Technologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $57K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. Nuclear Medicine Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $72K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-seventh.

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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Atlanta
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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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Nashville
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Pittsburgh
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For Nuclear Medicine Technologists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, and New York also offer top salaries for Nuclear Medicine Technologists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 11 percent, 8 percent, 8 percent, and 2 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Nashville and Louisville (10 percent lower).

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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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$62,000
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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%