Radiologic Technologist Salary

Radiologic Technologists in the United States pull down an average of $21.49 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $16.42 per hour to $29.78. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,092 - $67,756

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$16.42 - $29.78

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,092 - $67,756  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $919  
Profit Sharing
$60.00 - $1,500  
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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$34,257 - $63,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.42 - $29.78  
   
Overtime
$21.05 - $46.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $919  
   
Profit Sharing
$60.00 - $1,500  
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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$34,257 - $63,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,922
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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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Though some Radiologic Technologists move into positions like Physician Assistant (where the average salary is $82K), this progression is not the norm. Radiologic Technologists most often advance into Radiology Technologist and Licensed Radiologic Technologist positions even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Radiologic Technologists, HCA, Inc., Sequoia Hospital, Mercy Hospital, MobilexUSA, and Concentra Medical are leading firms in the industry. Sequoia Hospital leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Radiologic Technologists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, and mammography are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 21 percent, and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include medical assistant, Bone Densitometry, and Electronic Medical Records. 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. Radiologic Technologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Radiologic Technologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Radiologic Technologists, 34 percent above the national average. Radiologic Technologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+32 percent), New York (+28 percent), Boston (+24 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (6 percent less) and Jacksonville (5 percent less).

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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
0%

National Average
$46,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 1%


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 8%

Bone Densitometry
up arrow 9%

medical assistant
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 530 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: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 29%
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