Radiologic Technologist Salary

For Radiologic Technologists, hourly average wages total $21.49 per hour. Pay ranges from $16.43 per hour on the low end to $29.76 on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Most Radiologic Technologists survey respondents are women (70 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,114 - $67,698
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$32K
$48K
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MEDIAN: $47,786
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$16.43 - $29.76
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,114 - $67,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $963  
Profit Sharing
$61.83 - $1,454  
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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$34,271 - $63,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.43 - $29.76  
   
Overtime
$21.52 - $46.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $963  
   
Profit Sharing
$61.83 - $1,454  
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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$34,271 - $63,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,840
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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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Radiologic Technologists sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $82K per year on average. Radiologic Technologists most frequently become Radiology Technologists and Licensed Radiologic Technologists even though median compensation is $1K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Radiologic Technologists include HCA, Inc., Sequoia Hospital, Mercy Hospital, MobilexUSA, and Indiana University (IU) Health. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Sequoia Hospital offers the most; Radiologic Technologists earn $62K on average there.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Survey results imply that Radiologic Technologists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Interventional Radiology can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Cardiology and mammography are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 21 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records and Phlebotomy. Most people familiar with Picture Archival Computer System also know Orthopedics and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiologic Technologist

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


For Radiologic Technologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $54K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Radiologic Technologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+32 percent), New York (+28 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (7 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries


Cardiology
up arrow 21%


Fluoroscopy
up arrow 11%


pain management
up arrow 4%

Surgery
up arrow 3%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 3%

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 1%


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 522 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%
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