Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salary

Average Radiation Safety Officers in the United States make around $76K per year. For the most part, Radiation Safety Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Radiation Safety Officers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$51,071 - $123,872
(Median)
$51K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,862
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$18.75 - $40.65
(Median)
$19
$29
$41
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,071 - $123,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,887  
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
Total Pay (?
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$49,356 - $123,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.75 - $40.65  
   
Overtime
$34.25 - $69.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,887  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,750  
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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$49,356 - $123,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Job Description for Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)

The position of a radiation safety officer (RSO) is employed primarily by companies in the health care and medical research industries. Most companies are searching for applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Health Physics, although some prefer Master's degrees and others will accept Associate's degrees. The amount of experience required also varies, as some organizations require as little as two years of experience while others may prefer up to twelve.

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Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Tasks

  • Track and record all radioactive materials or sources and oversee transportation.
  • Perform regular safety audits, tests and leak surveys.
  • Plan and coordinate radiation safety sessions.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Investigate and monitor any over exposure incidents.

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Pay by Experience Level for Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $71K. On average, Radiation Safety Officers make $84K following one to two decades on the job. 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 $87K.

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) in Crystal River:
Learn as much as possible when doing Internship at Nuclear Facility to gain experience so when you are given responsibility you will be knowledgeable about job expectations.

What is it like working as a Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)?

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) in Ocala:
"Stress"
Pros: I enjoy the sense of accomplishment I get from doing my job well.
Cons: Extreme stress! Current director who doesn't listen to a word I say.

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Experience Affects Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$74,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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