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Radiologic Technologist Salary

Median pay for Radiologic Technologists in the United States is around $21.42 per hour. Pay ranges from $16.36 per hour on the low end to $29.87 on the high end. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. The majority of Radiologic Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,433 - $65,060
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $47,039
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$16.36 - $29.87
(Median)
$16
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,433 - $65,060  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
Profit Sharing
$219.95 - $1,485  
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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$34,118 - $63,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.36 - $29.87  
   
Overtime
$21.17 - $46.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $975  
   
Profit Sharing
$219.95 - $1,485  
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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$34,118 - $63,818  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,542

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Job Description for Radiologic Technologist

A Radiologic Technologist is the person who operates the radiology equipment that scans and takes images of a patient's body. The responsibilities of a Radiologic Technologist not only include taking the images for a physician, but also include maintaining the equipment. They must be sure that the machines are running properly and are set to the proper control settings in order to take an adequate photo. The Radiologic Technologist must also prepare the patients and give them the proper instructions before the procedure begins. They must guide the patient into the positions that will give a clear view of the part of the body that is being scanned. Without proper knowledge and training on the equipment, a technologist can easily corrupt and image, thereby causing unnecessary radiation exposure to a patient. The technologist must be sure that the images are clear enough for a physician to read. They must adjust monitors and stay on color control for that to be possible. The images that they take are important because often it is what confirms a diagnosis. A Radiologic Technologist is responsible for keeping a patient safe while in the machine, and must follow the regulations set by the government to do just that. The Technologist job not only involves taking X-rays, but also involves taking sonograms, mammographs, MRIs or any other required test. A Radiologic Technologist must also protect himself or herself from the high levels of radiation that he or she will be exposed to while in this field.


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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While Radiologic Technologists do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $82K per year on average. A lot of Radiologic Technologists advance their careers by becoming Radiology Technologists and Licensed Radiologic Technologists. However, those positions offer $1K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Sequoia Hospital offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $62K.

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Radiologic Technologists seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Cardiology, Interventional Radiology, and mammography are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 20 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Medical Records and Phlebotomy. Most people who know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher 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 bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Radiologic Technologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Radiologic Technologists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+33 percent), San Diego (+33 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Seattle (+19 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Houston (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries

Cardiology
up arrow 21%




Fluoroscopy
up arrow 11%

Surgery
up arrow 4%

pain management
up arrow 4%

Orthopedics
up arrow 2%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
0%

National Average
$45,000


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 503 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: 69% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 29%