Radiation Therapist Salary
The average rate for a Radiation Therapist is $31.80 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Simulation is associated with high pay for this job.
|Salary||$44,573 - $89,011|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,575|
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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).)
|$49,807 - $92,899|
|Hourly Rate||$24.59 - $45.23|
|Overtime||$31.19 - $74.20|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $3,575|
|Total Pay (||$49,807 - $92,899|
Job Description for Radiation Therapist
A radiation therapist usually works in a hospital or other medical environment and assists an oncologist. The therapist will often provide radiation therapy treatments to patients with cancer. The radiation therapy may also go over various materials, such as CT scans, to help determine where treatment is needed.Read More...
Graduation from an approved radiation therapy school is required. The therapist should be licensed to practice. The radiation therapist will operate applicable equipment, such as linear accelerators, so he or she should be able to maintain and troubleshoot the machinery.
Usually, the equipment will administer x-ray beams targeting the patient’s cancer cells, in order to diminish or remove them. The radiation therapist may have to provide input about the interpretation of results of the therapy that is administered. It is important to be able to explain procedures to patients and to help them feel at ease. Strong communication skills and the ability to be compassionate are important. It is essential to have physical strength and to be able to bend, stoop, and lift heavy items. Some weekend and nighttime hours may be required. There may also be some periods when the therapist is required to be on-call, since a radiation therapist may be required around the clock by a hospital.
Radiation Therapist Tasks
- Enter data into computer and set controls to operate and adjust equipment and regulate dosage.
- Check for side effects such as skin irritation, nausea and hair loss to assess reaction to treatment.
- Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.
- Position patient and administer prescribed doses of radiation using radiation therapy equipment.
- Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
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Pay by Experience Level for Radiation Therapist
Pay by Experience for a Radiation Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Radiation Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 598 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radiation Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 270 salaries. An experienced Radiation Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 214 salaries. A Radiation Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 117 salaries.
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