The average Radiologic Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $21.81 per hour. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Radiologic Technologists survey respondents are women (72 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,655 - $70,460  
   
Bonus
$144.52 - $4,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
Total Pay (?
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$35,336 - $64,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $30.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.45  
Overtime
$21.48 - $46.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$144.52 - $4,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
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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$35,336 - $64,241  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,329

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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 who transition into a Physician Assistant role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $84K per year. 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 $54K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Radiologic Technologists include MobilexUSA, HCA, Inc., Radnet, Ohio Valley Medical Center, and Indiana University (IU) Health. Kaiser Permanente leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $65K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Sequoia Hospital at $62K, Radnet at $57K, and Concentra Medical Center Inc., where Radiologic Technologists annually earn $52K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at SSM Health Care ($41K), Concentra Medical ($42K), and Memorial Hospital ($44K).

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Radiologic Technologists report using a large range 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 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiologic Technologist, Electronic Medical Records, and Phlebotomy. It is often found that people who know Picture Archival Computer System are 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,244

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For Radiologic Technologists, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Radiologic Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+35 percent), Minneapolis (+26 percent), Baltimore (+23 percent), and New York (+23 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, Indianapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 431 votes.
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Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries



Bone Density
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Fluoroscopy
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Radiology
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Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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National Average
$46,000

Emergency/Trauma
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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
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Radiologic Technologist
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 431 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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