Radiology Technician Salary

Radiology Technicians in the United States can expect wages of $19.38 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $13.41 per hour and $27.63. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. There are more female Radiology Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. Work is enjoyable for Radiology Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and over one-half collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,928 - $60,095
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MEDIAN: $45,007
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$13.41 - $27.63
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,928 - $60,095  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
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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$29,076 - $59,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.41 - $27.63  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $45.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,949  
   
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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$29,076 - $59,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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Job Description for Radiology Technician

Anyone who has been injured has likely crossed paths with a radiology technician, as these are the people responsible for utilizing x-ray equipment and, occasionally, other medical imaging technology. At the most basic level, radiology technicians use fixed and movable x-ray imaging technology to record images of injured or unwell areas of a patient, and advanced practitioners in this field may also work with MRI gear and CAT scans. Radiology technicians not only take x-ray images, but also develop them and provide them to medical professionals who can act upon their findings.

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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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Many Radiology Technicians move into a Certified Radiology X-Ray Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Certified Radiology X-Ray Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Radiology Technicians.

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Survey takers who work as Radiology Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Radiology and Computed Tomography are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technician

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


For Radiology Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $44K. Radiology Technicians bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $53K.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Radiology Technician Salaries

Radiology
up arrow 14%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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