Radiology Technologist Salary (United States)

Radiology Technologists in the United States typically take home $21.74 per hour. The range in pay spans from $16.51 per hour to $29.71. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although about a quarter lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Women make up the majority of Radiology Technologists (68 percent). Job satisfaction for Radiology Technologists is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$29,637 - $69,973  
   
Bonus
$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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $29.71  
   
Overtime
$23.16 - $43.64  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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  
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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For Radiology Technologists, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Radiology Manager will earn $23K more than someone not as far along in their career. It is quite typical for Radiology Technologists to transition into roles as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technologists or Computed Tomography (CT) Technologists, where expected earnings are an additional $12,428 or $7,338 per year.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist

Survey results imply that Radiology Technologists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Most people experienced in Picture Archival Computer System (PACS) also know 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, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Salaries increase to $47K from around $42K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $53K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Radiology Technologists at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $55K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five 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. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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For Radiology Technologists, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Radiology Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+31 percent), Philadelphia (+22 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Phoenix (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Denver, 10 percent below the national average. Employers in Orlando and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-10 percent and -6 percent, 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
$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%