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X-Ray Technician Salary

The average X-Ray Technician in the United States earns approximately $18.45 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $13.01 per hour and $27.13. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of X-Ray Technicians (67 percent) who took the survey are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,453 - $60,657
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,149
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$13.01 - $27.13
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,453 - $60,657  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,018  
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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$27,404 - $58,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $27.13  
   
Overtime
$15.31 - $40.82  
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 - $1,018  
   
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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$27,404 - $58,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,133
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as MRI Technologist. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. X-Ray Technicians go on to become Certified X-Ray Technicians more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $37K. X-Ray Technicians who move into a Radiology Technologist role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $45K.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician


Survey results suggest that X-Ray Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include medical assistant. Those educated in Orthopedics tend to be well versed in Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician

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


X-Ray Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, X-Ray Technicians make a median salary of $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



Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Radiology
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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 146 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 28%
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