Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary

Nuclear Medicine Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $30.38 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,479 - $89,960
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$24.43 - $41.36
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$0$89K
Salary $46,479 - $89,960
Bonus $246.58 - $4,615
Profit Sharing $2,500
Commission $500
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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$50,539 - $89,751
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 171
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $24.43 - $41.36
Overtime $32.70 - $61.52
Annual Data $0$89K
Bonus $246.58 - $4,615
Commission $500
Profit Sharing $2,500
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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$50,539 - $89,751
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 723

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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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It is somewhat unusual to come across Nuclear Medicine Technologists who move on to become Nuclear Medicine Supervisors, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $77K. It is quite typical for Nuclear Medicine Technologists to transition into roles as Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists or Positron Emission Tomography Technologists, where reported median earnings are $8K and $4K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist


Nuclear Medicine Technologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Most people skilled in Cardiology are similarly competent in Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

Pay by Experience Level for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Nuclear Medicine Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Nuclear Medicine Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 351 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Nuclear Medicine Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 251 salaries. An experienced Nuclear Medicine Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 255 salaries. A Nuclear Medicine Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 132 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,614

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Nuclear Medicine Technologists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Nuclear Medicine Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+36 percent), New York (+11 percent), El Paso (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Birmingham, which sits 20 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Fayetteville and Louisville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

Nuclear Medicine Technologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?

Nuclear Medicine Technologist in Honolulu:
"Nuc med."
Pros: 7-4 type job, not very physical, very hands-on.
Cons: Supervisors dont do anything.

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Key Stats for Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries

▲16%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$65,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries


National Average
$65,000


Cardiology
▼1%


▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 22%
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