Radiologic Technologist Salary

The average Radiologic Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $21.58 per hour. Compensation ranges from $16.56 per hour on the lower end to $29.81 on the higher end. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Radiologic Technologists is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$32,614 - $69,241
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,517
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$16.56 - $29.81
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,614 - $69,241  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $1,812  
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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$34,569 - $63,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 503
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.56 - $29.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72  
Overtime
$20.55 - $47.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $1,812  
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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$34,569 - $63,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,583
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Job Description for Radiologic Technologist

A radiologic technician plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases within the body. Several methods of medical imaging are used by a radiologic technologist, including X-rays, ultrasound, positron emission tomography (PET scans), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition to using various imaging machines, radiologic technicians must have experience using liquids that are used in medical imaging, including iodine and barium, which are used to produce clear images of one’s inner anatomy.

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Radiologic Technologist Tasks

  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices for government regulations and patient safety.
  • As a trained technologist, operate radiology equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes under direction of a physician.
  • Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Review and evaluate film and images to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.

Common Career Paths for Radiologic Technologist


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As Radiologic Technologists transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $83K on average per year. As Radiologic Technologists progress in their field, many go on to become Radiology Technologists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $45K. Another common career choice for Radiologic Technologists is to move into a Computed Tomography Technologist role — this promotion usually pays $54K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


HCA, Inc., MobilexUSA, Concentra Medical, Sequoia Hospital, and Mercy Hospital are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Radiologic Technologists. For Radiologic Technologists, comfortable salaries can be found at Sequoia Hospital; in fact, median earnings sit around $62K, the highest in the area. Radiologic Technologists will also find cushy salaries at HCA, Inc. (+$53K), MobilexUSA (+$49K), and Mercy Hospital (+$48K).

Concentra Medical, SSM Health Care, and Indiana University (IU) Health also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $41K, $41K, and $46K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Survey results imply that Radiologic Technologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Interventional Radiology, mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like medical assistant and Phlebotomy. For most people, competency in Picture Archival Computer System indicates knowledge of Orthopedics and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiologic Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Radiologic Technologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $47K. Radiologic Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. 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 $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,853

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Radiologic Technologists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 38 percent. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+32 percent), New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (6 percent lower) and Houston (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries




Cardiology
up arrow 8%

Fluoroscopy
up arrow 7%

Bone Density
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Computed Tomography (CT)
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Surgery
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Orthopedics
up arrow 1%

Radiology
0%

pain management
0%

National Average
$46,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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Bone Densitometry
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medical assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 609 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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