X-Ray Technicians in the United States take home an average $19.38 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of X-Ray Technicians (68 percent) who took the survey are women. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,071 - $64,261
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MEDIAN: $43,594
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$13.34 - $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,071 - $64,261  
   
Bonus
$199.20 - $5,182  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$75.00  
Total Pay (?
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$28,445 - $60,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.34 - $28.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.63  
Overtime
$17.22 - $40.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$199.20 - $5,182  
   
Commission
$75.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$28,445 - $60,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,165

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Job Description for X-Ray Technician

X-ray technicians are responsible for operating radiology machines under a doctor’s orders for a patient. Depending on the illness, a doctor may decide to order x-rays of particular parts of the body, and the technician is tasked with capturing these areas using the x-ray machine.

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X-Ray Technician Tasks

  • 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.
  • Perform basic general x-rays of the chest, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, knee, foot or ankle under supervision of physician.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for X-Ray Technician


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As X-Ray Technicians transition into upper-level roles such as MRI Technologist, they may see a strong upturn in salary. MRI Technologists earn $60K on average per year. X-Ray Technicians go on to become Certified X-Ray Technicians more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $38K. 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 show that X-Ray Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, medical assistant, Orthopedics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Electronic Medical Records and Phlebotomy. Most people experienced in Orthopedics also 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.


X-Ray Technicians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $38K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $42K. X-Ray Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. 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 $53K.

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Key Stats for X-Ray Technician

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect X-Ray Technician Salaries



medical assistant
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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National Average
$41,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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