Radiologic Technologist Salary

The average Radiologic Technologist in the United States earns approximately $21.58 per hour. Pay ranges from $16.56 per hour on the low end to $29.81 on the high end. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radiologic Technologists. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,614 - $69,241
(Median)
$33K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,517
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$16.56 - $29.81
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,614 - $69,241  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $1,812  
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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$34,569 - $63,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 503
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.56 - $29.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.72  
Overtime
$20.55 - $47.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $1,812  
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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$34,569 - $63,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,583
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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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As Radiologic Technologists transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $83K on average per year. A Radiology Technologist role is the most common promotion for Radiologic Technologists moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $45K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Radiologic Technologists is a Computed Tomography Technologist position, where earnings are usually $54K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Radiologic Technologists fill the offices of leading firms HCA, Inc., MobilexUSA, Concentra Medical, Sequoia Hospital, and Mercy Hospital. Sequoia Hospital offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $62K. HCA, Inc., MobilexUSA, and Mercy Hospital are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Radiologic Technologists earning around $53K, $49K, or $48K at each firm, respectively.

Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Concentra Medical ($41K), SSM Health Care ($41K), and Indiana University (IU) Health ($46K).

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Survey results imply that Radiologic Technologists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Interventional Radiology, mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like medical assistant and Phlebotomy. Most people experienced in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $47K. Radiologic Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,853

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Radiologic Technologists in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+32 percent), New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Orlando and 5 percent less in Houston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries




Cardiology
up arrow 8%

Fluoroscopy
up arrow 7%

Bone Density
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Computed Tomography (CT)
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Surgery
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Orthopedics
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Radiology
0%

pain management
0%

National Average
$46,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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Bone Densitometry
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medical assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 609 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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