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Radiology Technologist Salary

Earnings for Radiology Technologists in the United States come in at around $22.01 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $16.75 per hour and $30.19. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Radiology Technologists (69 percent) who took the survey are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,183 - $68,645
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,383
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$16.75 - $30.19
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,183 - $68,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $821  
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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$34,686 - $64,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $30.19  
   
Overtime
$21.89 - $44.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $821  
   
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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$34,686 - $64,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,066
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Radiology Manager. The average Radiology Manager brings home $70K per year. 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


Survey results show that Radiology Technologists use a fair number of 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 21 percent, 19 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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 many Radiology Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. On average, Radiology Technologists make $53K following one to two decades on the job. 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


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Radiology Technologists, 33 percent above the national average. Radiology Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Colorado Springs is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Orlando and 4 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

mammography
up arrow 21%

Bone Density
up arrow 19%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 9%


Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 26%
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