Radiology Technologist Salary

The average Radiology Technologist in the United States earns approximately $22.02 per hour. Earnings sit near $16.75 per hour on the lower side but can approach $30.25 on the higher side. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Work is enjoyable for Radiology Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,522 - $68,526
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,725
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$16.75 - $30.25
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,522 - $68,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $835  
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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$34,734 - $64,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 202
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $30.25  
   
Overtime
$21.71 - $44.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $835  
   
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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$34,734 - $64,219  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,083
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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 such as Radiology Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Radiology Managers earn $70K on average per year. Radiology Technologists most often move into positions as Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists or Computed Tomography Technologists; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist


Radiology Technologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 21 percent, 19 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Phlebotomy. Those educated in Picture Archival Computer System tend to be well versed 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $42K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Radiology Technologists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Radiology Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Phoenix (+7 percent). Colorado Springs is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Miami (11 percent lower and 4 percent lower, 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 21%

Bone Density
up arrow 19%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 8%


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
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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