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Radiologic Technologist Salary

An average Radiologic Technologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $21.51 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $16.42 per hour and $29.89. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Radiologic Technologists is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,746 - $64,797
(Median)
$32K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,823
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$16.42 - $29.89
(Median)
$16
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,746 - $64,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$141.50 - $1,400  
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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$34,253 - $63,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.42 - $29.89  
   
Overtime
$21.61 - $46.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Profit Sharing
$141.50 - $1,400  
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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$34,253 - $63,802  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,645

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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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There are some Radiologic Technologists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings are an average $82K annually. Radiologic Technologists most often advance into Radiology Technologist and Licensed Radiologic Technologist positions even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Sequoia Hospital leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Radiologic Technologists report using a deep pool 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 23 percent, 21 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records and Phlebotomy. Those proficient in Picture Archival Computer System are, more often than not, also skilled in Orthopedics and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiologic Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. 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 $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Radiologic Technologists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+33 percent), New York (+33 percent), Boston (+22 percent), and Seattle (+18 percent). St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Nashville (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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%

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 1%


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 510 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 28%
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