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Radiology Technician Salary

An average Radiology Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.08 per hour. Pay generally varies between $12.82 per hour and $27.29. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Radiology Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Radiology Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a little over a half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$29,546 - $60,518
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$61K
MEDIAN: $44,606
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$12.82 - $27.29
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,546 - $60,518  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
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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$27,990 - $59,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $27.29  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $43.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
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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$27,990 - $59,144  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268

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Job Description for Radiology Technician

A radiology technician begins work by reviewing a patient's chart to determine what x-rays are needed based on a physician's notes. This medical specialist explains the process to patients and positions them for the x-ray process, adjusts any restrictive devises needed, and moves or adjusts equipment to ensure the best image is achieved. The technician performs basic x-rays of various body parts including the chest, hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, knees, feet, or ankles under the supervision of a doctor. The specialist will use devices to restrict the x-ray beam and to shield the patient in order to minimize radiation exposure to the patient and staff. A radiology technician will them process exposed radiographs using a film processor or a computer generated method. Technicians will be able to read and understand medical charts and will be familiar with medical terminology; one will also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to deal efficiently with patients and other medical staff. The primary educational requirement is to complete a formal training program in radiological technology. Program admission requires a high school diploma or a GED; sometimes an entrance exam and a background check is also part of the admissions process. The minimum degree necessary to get a job as a radiology technician is an associate's degree, though many employers prefer to see a bachelor's degree. As with any job in the medical field, a radiology technician can expect to work long hours that include evenings, late nights, and weekends.


Radiology Technician Tasks

  • Explain process and position patient for x-ray; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
  • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading instructions from physician.
  • Perform basic general x-rays of the chest, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, knee, foot or ankle under supervision of physician.
  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.

Common Career Paths for Radiology Technician


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Radiology Technicians who go on to become Certified Radiology X-Ray Technicians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Certified Radiology X-Ray Technician, an upper-level role, pays $41K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technician

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


For many Radiology Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $39K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. On average, Radiology Technicians make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $53K.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%