Radiology Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $22.02 per hour on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Radiology Technologists making up 73 percent. While some workers in this profession — about one in four — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of Radiology Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,501 - $68,242
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,985
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$16.66 - $30.38
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,501 - $68,242  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $3,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$34,467 - $64,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 210
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.66 - $30.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.31  
Overtime
$21.53 - $46.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$100.00 - $3,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$34,467 - $64,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,095
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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 who go on to become Radiology Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Radiology Managers is $71K annually. Radiology Technologists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Computed Tomography Technologists or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist


Survey results suggest that Radiology Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with mammography, Bone Density, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 21 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Orthopedics. The majority of those who know Picture Archival Computer System also know 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $43K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. Radiology Technologists bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,270

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

For Radiology Technologists, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Radiology Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Fort Worth (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). Oklahoma City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below 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 9 percent less, respectively).

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 21%

Operating Room / OR
up arrow 4%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 4%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 3%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
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Radiology
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National Average
$46,000

Orthopedics
up arrow 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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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