Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salary

The average Radiation Safety Officer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $76K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Radiation Safety Officers survey respondents are men (70 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$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 (?
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: 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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Radiation Safety Officers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Regulatory Compliance and Safety Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiation Safety Officer (RSO)

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


Radiation Safety Officers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radiation Safety Officers make a median salary of $84K. 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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