Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) Salary

Median pay for Radiation Safety Officers in the United States is around $76K annually. There are more male Radiation Safety Officers than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 68 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$54,222 - $118,359
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$54K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,812
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$19.00 - $42.25
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$19
$29
$42
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$54,222 - $118,359  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
Total Pay (?
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$50,725 - $113,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $42.25  
   
Overtime
$35.23 - $81.45  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,609  
   
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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$50,725 - $113,260  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $71K. On average, Radiation Safety Officers make $85K 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 $88K 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 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

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
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
33%
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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