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Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salary

Radiation Safety Officers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $78K per year, but may range from $51K to $118K per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 70 percent of those who took the survey, male Radiation Safety Officers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most Radiation Safety Officers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$56,412 - $120,225
(Median)
$56K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,694
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90%

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$18.81 - $44.04
(Median)
$19
$30
$44
MEDIAN: $29.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$56,412 - $120,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$51,098 - $117,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$18.81 - $44.04  
   
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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$51,098 - $117,992  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32

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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $72K. For Radiation Safety Officers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $89K 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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$75,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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