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Radiology Technologist Salary

Radiology Technologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $21.84 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $16.50 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $30.00. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. There are more female Radiology Technologists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,916 - $69,118
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,359
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$16.50 - $30.00
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$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,916 - $69,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $773  
Total Pay (?
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$34,150 - $64,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.50 - $30.00  
   
Overtime
$21.97 - $44.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $773  
   
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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$34,150 - $64,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 948
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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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For Radiology Technologists, career progression to a Radiology Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Radiology Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $69K annually. It is quite typical for Radiology Technologists to transition into roles as Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists or Computed Tomography Technologists, where reported median earnings are $12K and $7K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Picture Archival Computer System are similarly competent in Operating Room / OR.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technologist

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


For Radiology Technologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $42K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. Radiology Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Radiology Technologist Reviews

What is it like working as a Radiology Technologist?

Radiology Technologist in Hyattsville:
"Work Flexible, Passionate, Patient."
Pros: Everything, but mostly sharing my compassion with my patients.
Cons: None.

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Experience Affects Radiology Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

Bone Density
up arrow 20%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 12%

mammography
up arrow 10%


Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 4%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 25%