Radiology Technologist Salary

Earnings for Radiology Technologists in the United States come in at around $22.19 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Radiology Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Job satisfaction for Radiology Technologists is high. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,505 - $69,751
$31K
$48K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,209
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$16.72 - $30.59
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MEDIAN: $22.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,505 - $69,751  
   
Bonus
$50.34 - $1,532  
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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$34,683 - $64,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 196
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.72 - $30.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.31  
Overtime
$23.19 - $46.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$50.34 - $1,532  
   
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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$34,683 - $64,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,104

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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. Going from Radiology Technologist to Computed Tomography Technologist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $55K. Many others choose to work as Licensed Radiologic Technologists, where pay is typically $44K.

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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 Bone Density, mammography, and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Orthopedics. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $43K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $48K. Radiology Technologists bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Radiology Technologists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,734

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

For those looking to make money, Radiology Technologists in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Radiology Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Las Vegas (+34 percent), Baltimore (+28 percent), Boston (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+16 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 17 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Colorado Springs (12 percent less) and Miami (7 percent less).

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.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Radiology Technologist Salaries

▲22%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

Bone Density
▲20%

▲7%




▲1%


▲1%

National Average
$47,000

Orthopedics
▼7%

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
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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