Radiology Technologist Salary

Average Radiology Technologists in the United States make around $22.02 per hour. Pay generally varies between $16.74 per hour and $30.25. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Work is enjoyable for Radiology Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,581 - $68,340
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,550
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$16.74 - $30.25
(Median)
$17
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,581 - $68,340  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $847  
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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$34,687 - $64,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 205
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.74 - $30.25  
   
Overtime
$21.71 - $44.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $847  
   
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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$34,687 - $64,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,091
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Radiology Manager. The average Radiology Manager brings home $70K per year. Typical career progression for a Radiology Technologist involves becoming a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist or a Computed Tomography Technologist, roles that pay $12K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist


Radiology Technologists seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Phlebotomy. 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $42K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Radiology Technologists, 33 percent above the national average. Radiology Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Fort Worth (+6 percent). Colorado Springs is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (11 percent lower) and Miami (5 percent lower).

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 8%


Computed Tomography (CT)
up arrow 2%

Radiology
up arrow 1%

Picture Archival Computer System (PACS)
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%
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