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Radiology Technologist Salary

Pay for Radiology Technologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $22.05 per hour. Compensation ranges between $16.78 per hour and $30.14. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Radiology Technologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Women account for the majority of Radiology Technologists who responded to the questionnaire — 68 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,131 - $68,818
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,994
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$16.78 - $30.14
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,131 - $68,818  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $799  
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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$34,725 - $64,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 197
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.78 - $30.14  
   
Overtime
$21.83 - $44.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $799  
   
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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$34,725 - $64,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,051

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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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As Radiology Technologists transition into upper-level roles such as Radiology Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Radiology Managers earn $70K on average per year. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists or Computed Tomography Technologists are common next-step roles for Radiology Technologists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists is $12K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Computed Tomography Technologists.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist


Radiology Technologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 21 percent, 19 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. 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.


Radiology Technologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $47K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $42K. Radiology Technologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Radiology Technologists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Radiology Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Colorado Springs. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Orlando and 4 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

mammography
up arrow 21%

Bone Density
up arrow 19%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 10%


Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%
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