Radiology Technologist Salary (United States)

Radiology Technologists in the United States usually make around $21.74 per hour. The top of the range reaches $29.71, and the bottom approaches $16.51 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. 25 percent of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. In a profession dominated by women, 68 percent of Radiology Technologists are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Radiology Technologist Salary (?
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$29,637 - $69,973
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MEDIAN: $45,169
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Radiology Technologist Salary (?
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$16.51 - $29.71
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$29,637 - $69,973  
   
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$0.00 - $994  
Total Pay (?
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$34,171 - $64,182  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$16.51 - $29.71  
   
Overtime
$23.16 - $43.64  
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$0.00 - $994  
   
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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$34,171 - $64,182  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 910
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Job Description for Radiology Technologist

A radiology technologist works in a clinical environment (such as a hospital) that uses x-rays, radiological equipment, and fluroscoping equipment. They work alongside clinicians and doctors to ensure that the physicians receive necessary diagnostic imaging required to administer treatment. They also work with with patients in a friendly, compassionate manner as they get the equipment poised to shoot at the proper angles while causing the least amount of discomfort possible.
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Radiology Technologist Tasks
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices for government regulations and patient safety.
  • As a trained technologist, operate radiology equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes under direction of a physician.
  • Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Review and evaluate film and images to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.

Common Career Paths for Radiology Technologist

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As Radiology Technologists transition into upper-level roles, they may see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, a Radiology Manager may earn an extra $23K per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. The most common next step for Radiology Technologists is moving into roles as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists or Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists, where they can expect an extra $12,428 or $7,338 per year.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist

Survey results suggest that Radiology Technologists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Bone Density, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and mammography are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Picture Archival Computer System (PACS) are also skilled in Operating Room / OR.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Radiology Technologists can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Salaries increase to $47K from around $42K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $53K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Radiology Technologists who have made it this far report earning around $55K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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For Radiology Technologists, busy Baltimore offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Phoenix, top-paying markets where Radiology Technologists rake in more than the national norm (+31 percent, +22 percent, +16 percent, and +16 percent). Denver is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Workers in Orlando and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-10 percent and -6 percent).

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Experience Affects Radiology Technologist Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

Bone Density
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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mammography
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Computed Tomography (CT)
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Radiology
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Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%
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