X-Ray Technician Salary

Pay for X-Ray Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.43 per hour. Pay generally varies between $13.03 per hour and $27.07. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and approximately one-half have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. There are more female X-Ray Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 68 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,794 - $60,735
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,592
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$13.03 - $27.07
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,794 - $60,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
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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$27,350 - $58,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $27.07  
   
Overtime
$14.94 - $40.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,017  
   
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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$27,350 - $58,380  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,154
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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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At the upper end, X-Ray Technicians who move into a MRI Technologist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for MRI Technologists is a much higher $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 $45K.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician


X-Ray Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, Orthopedics, Radiology, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


For X-Ray Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. On average, X-Ray Technicians make $47K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

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: 27%
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