Radiology Technologist Salary

For Radiology Technologists, hourly average wages total $22.07 per hour. Pay ranges from $16.64 per hour on the low end to $30.11 on the high end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Female Radiology Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Most Radiology Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,900 - $67,961
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,794
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$16.64 - $30.11
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$17
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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 who go on to become Radiology Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Radiology Managers is $70K annually. 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 seem to require a number of specific skills. 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. Phlebotomy, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Radiology Technologists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $42K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $47K. Radiology Technologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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.

Top-shelf salaries can be found in the three largest American cities: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles all offer compensation that exceeds the national average in this field. Colorado Springs is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Kansas City (12 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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
up arrow 25%

mammography
up arrow 21%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 7%


Computed Tomography (CT)
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Radiology
0%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
0%

National Average
$46,000

Phlebotomy
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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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