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Radiology Technician Salary

An average Radiology Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.24 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.88 per hour on the low end to $27.38 on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. There are more female Radiology Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,410 - $60,349
(Median)
$29K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,432
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$12.88 - $27.38
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,410 - $60,349  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
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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$27,862 - $59,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.88 - $27.38  
   
Overtime
$12.41 - $43.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
   
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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$27,862 - $59,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 277

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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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For Radiology Technicians, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Radiology Technicians earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Certified Radiology X-Ray Technician.

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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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $40K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $42K. On average, Radiology Technicians make $49K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 21%
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