An average Radiology Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.85 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. Female Radiology Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The majority of Radiology Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$30,317 - $61,157
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MEDIAN: $45,917
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,317 - $61,157  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$2,100  
Total Pay (?
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$29,917 - $61,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.05 - $29.58  
   
Overtime
$10.93 - $47.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,863  
   
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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$29,917 - $61,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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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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Many Radiology Technicians move into a Certified Radiology X-Ray Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Certified Radiology X-Ray Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Radiology Technicians.

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Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technician

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


For many Radiology Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Radiology Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $60K.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Radiology Technician Salaries

Radiology
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National Average
$42,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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