Radiology Technologist Salary

Pay for Radiology Technologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $22.06 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $16.81 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $30.21. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most Radiology Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,513 - $67,445

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$16.81 - $30.21

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,513 - $67,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $742  
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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$34,791 - $63,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.81 - $30.21  
   
Overtime
$21.91 - $44.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $742  
   
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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$34,791 - $63,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,098
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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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Radiology Technologists may progress into high-paying roles like Radiology Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. A common career progression for a Radiology Technologist is to become a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist or a Computed Tomography Technologist. Compared to Radiology Technologists, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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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 mammography, Bone Density, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 19 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. Those proficient in Picture Archival Computer System are, more often than not, 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.


Radiology Technologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $47K on average. Radiology Technologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Radiology Technologists, New York offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Radiology Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Fort Worth (+6 percent). Colorado Springs ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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
$47,000


Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

mammography
up arrow 24%

Bone Density
up arrow 19%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 9%


Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%
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