X-Ray Technician Salary (United States)

An X-Ray Technician earns an average wage of $18.51 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Computed Tomography (CT) and Orthopedics.
X-Ray Technician Salary (?
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$26,558 - $59,755
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MEDIAN: $40,844
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X-Ray Technician Salary (?
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$13.06 - $27.37
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,558 - $59,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $3,052  
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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$27,461 - $58,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $27.37  
   
Overtime
$15.42 - $39.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $3,052  
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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$27,461 - $58,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,038
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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San Diego
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Phoenix
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Los Angeles
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San Antonio
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Houston
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National Average
$40,000
Jacksonville
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Dallas
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Pittsburgh
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Memphis
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Tampa
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Nashville
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Orlando
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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

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%