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X-Ray Technician Salary

The average X-Ray Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $18.47 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.92 per hour on the low end to $27.30 on the high end. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although the greater part have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. There are more female X-Ray Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,915 - $60,070
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,808
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$12.92 - $27.30
(Median)
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$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,915 - $60,070  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $2,948  
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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$27,189 - $58,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.92 - $27.30  
   
Overtime
$14.88 - $40.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $2,948  
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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$27,189 - $58,768  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,094

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Job Description for X-Ray Technician

Radiology technologists, also called X-ray technicians, are responsible for performing diagnostic imaging procedures to help physicians identify and treat injuries and disease. They prepare and position patients for the procedure and explain the process to them to reduce any fears they may have. X-ray technicians adjust immobilization devices that help them capture the best views of specific areas of the body. They also use radiation protection practices to minimize radiation exposure for patients and staff. Radiology technologists process images, review them for identification, and prepare them for the physician. They also maintain X-ray equipment and complete records of work performed.

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X-Ray Technician Tasks

  • Explain process and position patient for x-ray; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
  • Determine patients' x-ray needs by reading instructions from physician.
  • Perform basic general x-rays of the chest, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, knee, foot or ankle under supervision of physician.
  • Use beam-restrictive devices and patient-shielding techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patient and staff.
  • Process exposed radiographs using film processors or computer generated methods.

Common Career Paths for X-Ray Technician


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X-Ray Technicians' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a MRI Technologist. The average MRI Technologist brings home $59K per year. A Certified X-Ray Technician role is the most common promotion for X-Ray Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $37K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for X-Ray Technicians is a Radiology Technologist position, where earnings are usually $44K.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician


X-Ray Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, Orthopedics, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like medical assistant. Those familiar with Orthopedics also tend to know Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. X-Ray Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. X-Ray Technicians 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 $51K.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect X-Ray Technician Salaries



Radiology
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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National Average
$40,000

medical assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 28%