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Radiologic Technologist Salary (United States)

The average Radiologic Technologist in the United States earns approximately $21.43 per hour. Pay ranges from $16.28 per hour on the low end to $29.97 on the high end. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Most Radiologic Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Radiologic Technologist Salary (?
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$30,728 - $67,563
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MEDIAN: $45,785
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Radiologic Technologist Salary (?
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$16.28 - $29.97
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,728 - $67,563  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $962  
Profit Sharing
$221.50 - $1,479  
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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$33,866 - $64,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.28 - $29.97  
   
Overtime
$21.18 - $46.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $962  
   
Profit Sharing
$221.50 - $1,479  
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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$33,866 - $64,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,297
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Job Description for Radiologic Technologist

A Radiologic Technologist is the person who operates the radiology equipment that scans and takes images of a patient's body. The responsibilities of a Radiologic Technologist not only include taking the images for a physician, but also include maintaining the equipment. They must be sure that the machines are running properly and are set to the proper control settings in order to take an adequate photo. The Radiologic Technologist must also prepare the patients and give them the proper instructions before the procedure begins. They must guide the patient into the positions that will give a clear view of the part of the body that is being scanned. Without proper knowledge and training on the equipment, a technologist can easily corrupt and image, thereby causing unnecessary radiation exposure to a patient. The technologist must be sure that the images are clear enough for a physician to read. They must adjust monitors and stay on color control for that to be possible. The images that they take are important because often it is what confirms a diagnosis. A Radiologic Technologist is responsible for keeping a patient safe while in the machine, and must follow the regulations set by the government to do just that. The Technologist job not only involves taking X-rays, but also involves taking sonograms, mammographs, MRIs or any other required test. A Radiologic Technologist must also protect himself or herself from the high levels of radiation that he or she will be exposed to while in this field.
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 do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $82K per year. A lot of Radiologic Technologists advance their careers by becoming Radiology Technologists and Licensed Radiologic Technologists. However, those positions offer $1K less and $2K less per year on average.

Radiology Technologist Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist

Radiologic Technologists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, and mammography are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 22 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. Radiologic Technologists bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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

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National Average
$45,000
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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Radiologic Technologists, 36 percent above the national average. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Los Angeles (+32 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Seattle (+22 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Nashville (9 percent less) and Houston (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries

Cardiology
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Fluoroscopy
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pain management
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Surgery
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Orthopedics
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Computed Tomography (CT)
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Radiology
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National Average
$45,000
Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 447 votes.

Gender

Female
70%
female alumni
 
Male
30%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%