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Radiology Technologist Salary (United States)

Pay for Radiology Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $21.74 per hour. Pay ranges from $16.51 per hour on the low end to $29.71 on the high end. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair portion and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. More than half of Radiology Technologists (68 percent) are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Radiology Technologists. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Radiology Technologist Salary (?
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$29,637 - $69,973
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MEDIAN: $45,169
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Radiology Technologist Salary (?
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$16.51 - $29.71
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,637 - $69,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $994  
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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$34,171 - $64,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.51 - $29.71  
   
Overtime
$23.16 - $43.64  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $994  
   
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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$34,171 - $64,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 910
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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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For Radiology Technologists, career progression to a Radiology Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Radiology Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $69K annually. Radiology Technologists most often move into positions as Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists or Computed Tomography Technologists; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist

Radiology Technologists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Bone Density, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and mammography are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 17 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $42K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Radiology Technologists make a median salary of $53K. 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 $55K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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For Radiology Technologists, busy Baltimore offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Phoenix also offer top salaries for Radiology Technologists. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 31 percent, 22 percent, 16 percent, and 16 percent more, respectively. In Denver, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Orlando and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Radiology Technologist Reviews

What is it like working as a Radiology Technologist?
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
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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mammography
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Computed Tomography (CT)
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Radiology
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Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 25%