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Radiology Technician Salary

Radiology Technicians in the United States take home an average $18.74 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.39 per hour and $26.84. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Female Radiology Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. Most Radiology Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction.
$29,387 - $60,185
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,387 - $60,185  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
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$27,198 - $58,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $26.84  
   
Overtime
$12.54 - $43.10  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
   
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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$27,198 - $58,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technician

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $39K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radiology Technicians make a median salary of $48K. 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 $52K.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
55%
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%