Radiology Technician Salary

For Radiology Technicians, hourly average wages total $19.23 per hour. Pay generally varies between $13.06 per hour and $27.31. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Radiology Technicians (66 percent) who took the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, just over a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,590 - $60,713
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,673
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$13.06 - $27.31
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,590 - $60,713  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$28,438 - $59,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $27.31  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $43.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$28,438 - $59,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 302
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technician

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Radiology Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $40K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $43K. Radiology Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 22%
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