Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salary

Radiation Safety Officers in the United States pull down an average of $76K annually. Most Radiation Safety Officers report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$54,047 - $118,644
(Median)
$54K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,117
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$19.00 - $42.25
(Median)
$19
$29
$42
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$54,047 - $118,644  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
Total Pay (?
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$50,680 - $113,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $42.25  
   
Overtime
$35.23 - $81.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,658  
   
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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$50,680 - $113,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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.


Radiation Safety Officers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $71K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Radiation Safety Officers make $85K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $88K.

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 15%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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