Special Procedures Radiology Technologist Salary
The average Special Procedures Radiology Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $28.04 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Female Special Procedures Radiology Technologists survey participants are more prevalent than men — 61 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position 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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Job Description for Special Procedures Radiology Technologist
Special procedures radiology technology is a specific sub-set of radiographic technology. Special procedures radiology technologists are responsible for assisting physicians and other clinicians as they perform procedures such as X-ray guided cardiac catheterizations, cardiac ablations, cardiac stinting, cardiac balloon placement, and diagnostic studies involving the use of dyes or contrast materials. These procedures are invasive, meaning that entry is made into veins or arteries with the infusion of a dye or contrast. These procedures are always done using sterile techniques in an operating room or surgical suite. The special procedures radiology technologist may also be expected to prepare for surgery, performing such tasks as shaving the area to be operated on.Read More...
To work as a special procedures radiology technologist, one must possess a two-year radiographic technologist degree or equivalent and be certified by the overseeing organization for that field, the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). In addition, these technologists often have completed a certificate course in that area or have achieved the same status through on-the-job clinical training. Special procedures radiology technologists must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, work well on their own, and work well in a team setting.
Special Procedures Radiology Technologist Tasks
- Use radiation safety measures and protection devices for government regulations and patient safety.
- Review for clarity developed x-rays, video tape, or computer generated information for diagnostic purposes and physician interpretation.
- Explain procedure and monitor patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to physician.
- Perform specialized procedures; interventional and angiography procedures using digital and conventional techniques.
- Operate radiologic and magnetic imaging equipment.
Common Career Paths for Special Procedures Radiology Technologist
Many Special Procedures Radiology Technologists move into a Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Cath Lab Cardiovascular Technologists on average bring in a similar salary to Special Procedures Radiology Technologists.
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Pay by Experience Level for Special Procedures Radiology Technologist
Pay by Experience for a Special Procedures Radiology Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Procedures Radiology Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 170 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Procedures Radiology Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Special Procedures Radiology Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 96 salaries. A Special Procedures Radiology Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 54 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Special Procedures Radiology Technologists, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Special Procedures Radiology Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+10 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), Charlotte (+3 percent), and Phoenix (+2 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (12 percent less) and Indianapolis (10 percent less).
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