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Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary

An average Nuclear Medicine Technologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $29.57 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $23.14 per hour and $39.65. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Nuclear Medicine Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,371 - $88,418
(Median)
$44K
$64K
$88K
MEDIAN: $63,946
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$23.14 - $39.65
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$23
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary 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$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$44,371 - $88,418  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,538  
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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$48,206 - $84,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$23.14 - $39.65  
   
Overtime
$33.03 - $61.19  
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 - $1,538  
   
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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$48,206 - $84,776  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 828

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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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While not commonly seen, Nuclear Medicine Technologists who transition into a Nuclear Medicine Supervisor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Nuclear Medicine Supervisors is $76K per year. When Nuclear Medicine Technologists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technologist Supervisors. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $12K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist


Survey results show that Nuclear Medicine Technologists typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, Positron Emission Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $57K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. Nuclear Medicine Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $73K.

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Experience Affects Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries



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National Average
$63,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%