Radiologic Technologist Salary
Average Radiologic Technologists in the United States make around $21.89 per hour. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Radiologic Technologists making up 73 percent. Job satisfaction for Radiologic Technologists is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$32,528 - $70,623|
|Bonus||$141.91 - $3,936|
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|$35,575 - $64,529|
|Hourly Rate||$17.14 - $30.17|
|Overtime||$22.17 - $46.79|
|Bonus||$141.91 - $3,936|
|Total Pay (||$35,575 - $64,529|
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.Read More...
A radiologic technician’s work is mostly intellectual and deals with the diagnosis and visual analysis of medical images. However, some physical work in the form of moving equipment and positioning patients’ limbs may be necessary. A radiological technologist will usually work in a hospital, clinic, or physician’s private practice. Technologists work in tandem with the treating physician and radiologist in the examination of images. Radiologic technicians may work an eight- or twelve-hour shift during the day, but some are also needed for evening or overnight hours in emergency rooms. Most positions are on a full-time basis, although some can be part-time.
Prospective radiologic technicians are required to have a minimum of an associate’s degree in medical imaging, although bachelor’s degrees are becoming more common. One to two years of relevant experience is also usually needed. Many employers also require the technologist to be registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Strong communication skills are also necessary, as technologists will be regularly communicating with the patient and his or her family. Radiologic technologists will also be required to handle multiple cases at the same time.
Radiologic Technologist Tasks
- 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.
- Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Radiologic Technologist
At the upper end, Radiologic Technologists who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $84K per year. Becoming a Radiology Technologist is, more often than not, the most common role that Radiologic Technologists move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Radiology Technologist is $45K. Another frequent advance is for Radiologic Technologists to assume a Computed Tomography Technologist role; in this role, workers often take home $55K.
Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist
MobilexUSA, HCA, Inc., Radnet, Ohio Valley Medical Center, and Indiana University (IU) Health are among the top companies that take on many Radiologic Technologists. Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $65K. Sequoia Hospital, Radnet, and Concentra Medical Center Inc. also offer top salaries for Radiologic Technologists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $62K, $57K, and $52K, respectively.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include SSM Health Care at $40K, Concentra Medical at $42K, and University of Michigan (U-M), where $43K is the norm.
Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist
Survey takers working as Radiologic Technologists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Interventional Radiology, mammography, Bone Density, and Fluoroscopy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Radiologic Technologist, 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. On average, Radiologic Technologists make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Radiologic Technologists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $58K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Radiologic Technologists, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+37 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), Baltimore (+24 percent), and Seattle (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.
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