Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist Salary
Median pay for Radiation Therapy Dosimetrists in the United States is around $99K per year. Female Radiation Therapy Dosimetrists make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Job satisfaction for Radiation Therapy Dosimetrists is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$75,250 - $128,824|
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|$77,136 - $127,702|
|Hourly Rate||$39.23 - $61.28|
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist
Pay by Experience for a Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist has a positive trend. An entry-level Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 18 salaries. An experienced Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $108,000 based on 20 salaries. A Radiation Therapy Dosimetrist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 19 salaries.
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