Radiation Safety Officers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $75K per year on average but can range from $46K to $119K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. For the most part, Radiation Safety Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,339 - $124,810
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MEDIAN: $75,386
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$18.06 - $41.62
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$49,339 - $124,810  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,702  
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$45,515 - $118,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
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Hourly Rate
$18.06 - $41.62  
   
Overtime
$28.11 - $57.78  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,702  
   
Total Pay (?
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$45,515 - $118,694  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. For Radiation Safety Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $84K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $80K.

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

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$71,000

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Skills That Affect Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salaries

Regulatory Compliance
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National Average
$71,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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