Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist Salary
Radiation Therapy Dosimetrists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $100K annually. Female Radiation Therapy Dosimetrists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Most 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. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist
A radiologic technologist dosimetrist operates machines that generate radiation chemotherapy. This technologist works in an oncology department. The radiation will help to reduce or eliminate tumors. The radiation will often be done by administering lasers to the tumor or by placing radiation seeds near the tumor.Read More...
The technologist should be able to communicate well with medical providers, as it is sometimes important to collaborate about the care of the patient. The dosimetrist should make sure that the amount of radiation given to the patient is correct, so that the cells surrounding the tumor are not overly damaged. The dosimetrist will work under the supervision of an oncologist, but it is often up to the dosimetrist to determine where exactly the therapy should be aimed. The therapy is carried out by a computer system, but it is monitored by the dosimetrist to make sure that it is functioning properly. The dosimetrist should troubleshoot the machines if they are not working properly. It is also important to do periodic maintenance on them to make sure that they run well.
It is important to have strong knowledge of medical terminology and of anatomy. The dosimetrist should be professional but have a caring personality, in order to help the patient to be at ease. Usually, a bachelor's degree in medical dosimetry or physics is required for this position.
Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist Tasks
- Perform radiation dosimetry services.
- Oversee radiation therapy equipment maintenance to ensure proper operation.
- Maintain quality assurance program in compliance with safety standards and regulations.
- Monitor radioactive exposure, equipment settings and patients' reactions records and files.
- Measure, gather and analyze data to calculate dosage for treatment planning, in collaboration with the radiation oncologist.
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Pay by Experience Level for Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $87K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $100K. Radiation Therapy Dosimetrists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $108K. 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 $113K.
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