Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary

Nuclear Medicine Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $30.18 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Women Nuclear Medicine Technologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,630 - $91,084
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MEDIAN: $66,759
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$24.05 - $40.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,630 - $91,084  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$49,588 - $88,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.05 - $40.89  
   
Overtime
$32.81 - $60.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$204.26 - $4,894  
   
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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$49,588 - $88,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 667
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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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Although some Nuclear Medicine Technologists become Nuclear Medicine Supervisor, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $77K. Career advancement for the typical Nuclear Medicine Technologist often leads to becoming a Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologist or a Positron Emission Tomography Technologist; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist


Professional skills reported by Nuclear Medicine Technologists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Positron Emission Tomography, Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Nuclear Medicine Technologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $58K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. Nuclear Medicine Technologists see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,225

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Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Nuclear Medicine Technologists, 42 percent above the national average. Nuclear Medicine Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+37 percent), New York (+12 percent), El Paso (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Birmingham ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fayetteville and Louisville (13 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 89 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries

▲17%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$64,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries


Cardiology
▼0%

National Average
$64,000



▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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