Radiology Technologist Salary

Radiology Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $22.07 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $16.64 per hour and $30.11. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Radiology Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Radiology Technologists making up 72 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,900 - $67,961
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,794
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$16.64 - $30.11
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,900 - $67,961  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $703  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$34,510 - $63,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.64 - $30.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.95 - $45.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $703  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$34,510 - $63,939  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,301
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Radiology Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Bone Density, mammography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 21 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Phlebotomy as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radiology Technologists make a median salary of $52K. Radiology Technologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,412

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

Radiology Technologists in search of higher pay head to America's three biggest cities. Perhaps not surprisingly, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles all offer salaries above the national rate. The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Colorado Springs. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Orlando and 6 percent less in Kansas City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Radiology Technologist Reviews

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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Experience Affects Radiology Technologist Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

Bone Density
up arrow 25%

mammography
up arrow 21%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 7%


Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 2%

Radiology
0%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
0%

National Average
$46,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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