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Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salary

With around half of Radiation Safety Officers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $51K to $119K per year and averages out to $77K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority 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. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,255 - $120,413
(Median)
$56K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,046
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90%

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$19.13 - $44.70
(Median)
$19
$30
$45
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,255 - $120,413  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$51,471 - $119,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.13 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$34.52 - $83.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$51,471 - $119,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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.


For many Radiation Safety Officers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $72K. For Radiation Safety Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Radiation Safety Officers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $89K.

Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Reviews

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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%