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Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salary

A little more than half of Radiation Safety Officers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $51K to $121K per year, and the average comes out to $76K per year. For the most part, Radiation Safety Officers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Radiation Safety Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$56,916 - $122,031
(Median)
$57K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,733
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$18.74 - $41.70
(Median)
$19
$29
$42
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$56,916 - $122,031  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
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$50,765 - $120,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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Hourly Rate
$18.74 - $41.70  
   
Overtime
$33.00 - $75.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
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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$50,765 - $120,686  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $53K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $71K. On average, Radiation Safety Officers make $84K following one to two decades on the job. Radiation Safety Officers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $87K on average.

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 17%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%