An average Radiology Technologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $22.06 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Radiology Technologists making up 73 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,559 - $69,006
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MEDIAN: $47,727
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$16.70 - $30.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,559 - $69,006  
   
Bonus
$50.87 - $1,502  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
Total Pay (?
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$34,619 - $64,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.70 - $30.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.31  
Overtime
$23.78 - $46.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$50.87 - $1,502  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$34,619 - $64,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,121

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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

  • 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.
  • Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Radiology Technologist


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Radiology Technologists who transition into a Radiology Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $71K per year. Computed Tomography Technologists or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists are common next-step roles for Radiology Technologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Computed Tomography Technologists is $8K higher on average, and it's $13K higher for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists.

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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, mammography, and Operating Room / OR are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 16 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Orthopedics. 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.


For Radiology Technologists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $43K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $47K on average. Radiology Technologists see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Radiology Technologist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,402

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 48 percent, Radiology Technologists in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Radiology Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). Oklahoma City is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Workers in Colorado Springs and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Radiology Technologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Radiology Technologist?

Radiology Technologist in Chesapeake:
"Good Environment, Bad Pay."
Pros: My coworkers and everyone else are friendly. Can do my job for the most part without being bothered or micro managed.
Cons: Base pay is almost 5 dollars less than surrounding hospitals.

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

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Key Stats for Radiology Technologist

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.
038
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Radiology Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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