Radiology Technician Salary (United States)

A Radiology Technician earns an average wage of $18.59 per hour. A skill in Computed Tomography (CT) is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Radiology Technician Total Pay (?
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$29,323 - $61,137
(Median)
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61K
MEDIAN: $43,382
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Radiology Technician Total Pay (?
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$12.41 - $26.42
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,323 - $61,137  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
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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$27,066 - $58,997  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 383
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.41 - $26.42  
   
Overtime
$12.59 - $42.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
   
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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$27,066 - $58,997  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 21%
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