Radiology Technician Salary

Radiology Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $19.92 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Radiology Technicians survey respondents are women (76 percent). Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,285 - $61,936
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$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,360
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$13.84 - $29.76
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MEDIAN: $19.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,285 - $61,936  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
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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$29,643 - $62,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.84 - $29.76  
   
Overtime
$19.29 - $46.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
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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$29,643 - $62,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 347

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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

  • 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.
  • Perform basic general x-rays of the chest, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, knee, foot or ankle under supervision of physician.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Radiology Technician


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Radiology Technicians who transition into an upper level Certified Radiology X-Ray Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Certified Radiology X-Ray Technician makes $42K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technician

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


Radiology Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Radiology Technicians bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $59K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for Radiology Technician

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

Experienced
▲19%

Mid-Career
▲18%

National Average
$43,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Radiology Technician Salaries

Radiology
▲23%


National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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