Radiology Technologist Salary

Median pay for Radiology Technologists in the United States is around $22.32 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Radiology Technologists is high. While some workers in this profession — approximately one in four — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Female Radiology Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,283 - $68,372
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$48K
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MEDIAN: $47,979
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$16.82 - $30.70
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MEDIAN: $22.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,283 - $68,372  
   
Bonus
$50.51 - $5,372  
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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$34,776 - $65,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.82 - $30.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.31  
Overtime
$21.68 - $45.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$50.51 - $5,372  
   
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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$34,776 - $65,026  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,152

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Radiology Manager. The average Radiology Manager brings home $71K per year. The most common promotion for Radiology Technologists is Computed Tomography Technologist, a position that typically pays $55K annually. Another standard transition for Radiology Technologists seeking advancement is to assume a Licensed Radiologic Technologist role, where pay is often $44K.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist


Survey results show that Radiology Technologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Bone Density, mammography, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 20 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Orthopedics. It is often found that people who know Picture Archival Computer System are also skilled in Operating Room / OR.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Radiology Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Radiology Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 674 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radiology Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 369 salaries. An experienced Radiology Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 331 salaries. A Radiology Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 150 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,922

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

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Radiology Technologists, 46 percent above the national average. Radiology Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Las Vegas (+33 percent), Baltimore (+28 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Oklahoma City. Workers in Colorado Springs and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 7 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
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Radiology Technologist Salaries

▲22%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

Bone Density
▲20%

▲7%




▲1%

▼0%


National Average
$47,000

Orthopedics
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 27%
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