Radiologic Technologist Salary

Median pay for Radiologic Technologists in the United States is around $21.48 per hour. Pay generally varies between $16.43 per hour and $29.74. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Work is enjoyable for Radiologic Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,114 - $67,698
(Median)
$32K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,787
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$16.43 - $29.74
(Median)
$16
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,114 - $67,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $958  
Profit Sharing
$61.83 - $1,454  
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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$34,277 - $63,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.43 - $29.74  
   
Overtime
$21.45 - $46.45  
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 - $958  
   
Profit Sharing
$61.83 - $1,454  
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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$34,277 - $63,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,871
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $82K per year on average. Many Radiologic Technologists go on to become Radiology Technologists or Licensed Radiologic Technologists despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $1K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


HCA, Inc., Sequoia Hospital, Mercy Hospital, MobilexUSA, and Indiana University (IU) Health are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Radiologic Technologists. Radiologic Technologists flock to Sequoia Hospital for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $62K lead the pack in compensation.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Interventional Radiology, Cardiology, and mammography are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 21 percent, and 15 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.


Radiologic Technologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Radiologic Technologists see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Radiologic Technologists, 35 percent higher than the national average. Radiologic Technologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+32 percent), New York (+28 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Indianapolis and 4 percent less in Denver, 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 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
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 524 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: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%
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