A Radiology Technician earns an average wage of $18.45 per hour. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Computed Tomography (CT) and Radiology. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Radiology Technician Total Pay (?
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$28,093 - $62,075
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MEDIAN: $42,325
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Radiology Technician Total Pay (?
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$12.40 - $26.64
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,093 - $62,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$26,524 - $60,305  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $26.64  
   
Overtime
$20.07 - $44.36  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$0.00 - $2,500  
   
Total Pay (?
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$26,524 - $60,305  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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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.
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 31%
Experienced
up arrow 23%
Mid-Career
up arrow 3%
National Average
$40,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Radiology Technician Salaries

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 24%
Radiology
up arrow 13%
National Average
$40,000
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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