Median pay for Radiologic Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $21.68 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most Radiologic Technologists survey respondents are women (71 percent). Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radiologic Technologists. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,395 - $69,705
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$33K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,276
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$16.97 - $29.97
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$17
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,395 - $69,705  
   
Bonus
$145.76 - $3,952  
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
Total Pay (?
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$35,330 - $64,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 411
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.97 - $29.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.37  
Overtime
$21.21 - $47.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$145.76 - $3,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
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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$35,330 - $64,054  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,170
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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 who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $84K annually. 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 $54K.

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Radiologic Technologists, MobilexUSA, HCA, Inc., Concentra Medical, Radnet, and Indiana University (IU) Health are leading firms in the industry. Radiologic Technologists flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $65K lead the pack in compensation. Radiologic Technologists will also find cushy salaries at Sequoia Hospital (+$62K), Radnet (+$56K), and Concentra Medical Center Inc. (+$52K).

Employees at Concentra Medical, SSM Health Care, and University of Michigan (U-M) can also expect below-average earnings of $41K, $41K, and $43K.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Radiologic Technologists report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records, Emergency/Trauma, and Phlebotomy. Those educated in Picture Archival Computer System tend to be well versed in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $43K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radiologic Technologists make a median salary of $52K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,035

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For Radiologic Technologists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+33 percent), Boston (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+25 percent), and New York (+23 percent). In St. Louis, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (5 percent lower) and Dallas (2 percent lower).

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What is it like working as a Radiologic Technologist?

Radiologic Technologist in Houston:
"Making a difference."
Pros: The opportunity to make a positive difference to a patient's quality of life and well being.
Cons: Personal issues discussed by coworkers around the workplace.

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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries



Bone Density
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Fluoroscopy
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medical assistant
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Surgery
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Radiology
0%

Orthopedics
0%

National Average
$46,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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pain management
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Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 8%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 409 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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