Radiologic Technologist Salary

Radiologic Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $22.02 per hour. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Female Radiologic Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Most Radiologic Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,512 - $70,930
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MEDIAN: $49,275
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$17.20 - $30.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,512 - $70,930  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $3,973  
Profit Sharing
$1,150  
Total Pay (?
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$35,754 - $65,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 423
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.20 - $30.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.45  
Overtime
$21.68 - $47.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$100.67 - $3,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,150  
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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$35,754 - $65,220  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,445

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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

  • 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.
  • Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Radiologic Technologist


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Radiologic Technologists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Physician Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $84K annually. Going from Radiologic Technologist to Radiology Technologist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Radiology Technologists is $45K. Many others choose to work as Computed Tomography Technologists, where pay is typically $55K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of Radiologic Technologists, MobilexUSA, HCA, Inc., Radnet, Ohio Valley Medical Center, and Indiana University (IU) Health are leading firms in the industry. Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $65K. Also paying near the top of the field are Sequoia Hospital at $62K, Radnet at $57K, and Concentra Medical Center Inc., where Radiologic Technologists annually earn $52K.

Workers at SSM Health Care, Concentra Medical, and University of Michigan (U-M) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $40K, $42K, and $43K respectively.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Survey results imply that Radiologic Technologists deploy a deep pool 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 9 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiologic Technologist, Electronic Medical Records, and Phlebotomy. The majority of those who know Picture Archival Computer System also know Orthopedics and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiologic Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Radiologic Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Radiologic Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 2,066 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radiologic Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,052 salaries. An experienced Radiologic Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 773 salaries. A Radiologic Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 417 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,668

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

With a pay rate for Radiologic Technologists that is 42 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+36 percent), Minneapolis (+25 percent), Baltimore (+23 percent), and Seattle (+22 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 4 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and San Antonio (2 percent less).

Radiologic Technologist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Radiologic Technologist

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 474 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

▲3%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries


▲14%

Bone Density
▲9%

▲6%


▲1%

medical assistant
▲1%

Orthopedics
▼0%


National Average
$47,000

Radiology
▼1%


Emergency/Trauma
▼2%

▼6%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼10%

Radiologic Technologist
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 474 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 26%
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