An average Nuclear Medicine Technologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $30.25 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Some workers in this field — about a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Women Nuclear Medicine Technologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,639 - $90,140
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MEDIAN: $67,242
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$24.03 - $40.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$44,639 - $90,140  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$2,948  
Total Pay (?
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$49,517 - $88,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$24.03 - $40.91  
   
Overtime
$33.95 - $63.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$201.34 - $4,966  
   
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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$49,517 - $88,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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.

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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. Nuclear Medicine Technologists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Lead Nuclear Medicine Technologists or Positron Emission Tomography Technologists. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Nuclear Medicine Technologist


Survey takers who work as Nuclear Medicine Technologists usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Positron Emission Tomography, Cardiology, Computed Tomography, and Nuclear Medicine are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiology. Most people who know 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.


For Nuclear Medicine Technologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $58K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $65K. Nuclear Medicine Technologists bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,453

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With a pay rate for Nuclear Medicine Technologists that is 17 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Nuclear Medicine Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+9 percent) and San Antonio (+1 percent). Nuclear Medicine Technologists in Pittsburgh take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Birmingham and Fayetteville (20 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salaries


Nuclear Medicine
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Cardiology
0%

Computed Tomography (CT)
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National Average
$64,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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