Radiology Technologist Salary
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.Read More...
The radiology technologist also ensures that the film is developed properly and presents clear, usable information for the medical professionals using it to help make treatment decisions. They are also responsible for labeling the film and categorizing it. This imaging must then be integrated into the patient’s records accurately, which is another responsibility of the radiological technician. Additionally, the radiology technician is expected to follow organizational standards and practices to ensure patient safety; radiological equipment can be dangerous if used incorrectly, and the technician must follow all procedures to make sure ensure patient safety during these diagnostic procedures. They must also follow standards related to patient confidentiality.
Radiology technologists normally receive technical or vocational school education for this job. Additionally, there are a variety of certifications required for technicians, and these certifications and accompanying testing must be periodically renewed and kept up to date. Radiology techs may work a variety of hours. In clinics, for example, the technician may work regular business hours; in a hospital setting, they may work shifts during or outside of regular business hours.
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
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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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
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).
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