X-Ray Technician Salary

The average X-Ray Technician in the United States earns approximately $18.54 per hour. Compensation ranges between $13.09 per hour and $27.42. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most X-Ray Technicians. There are more female X-Ray Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 69 percent. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and roughly one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,895 - $61,169
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,057
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$13.09 - $27.42
(Median)
$13
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,895 - $61,169  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$27,739 - $59,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 344
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $27.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$15.28 - $40.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,006  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$27,739 - $59,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,378
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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

  • 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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Many X-Ray Technicians move into a MRI Technologist role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $59K per year. Becoming a Certified X-Ray Technician is, more often than not, the most common role that X-Ray Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Certified X-Ray Technician is $37K. Another frequent advance is for X-Ray Technicians to assume a Radiology Technologist role; in this role, workers often take home $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, Radiology, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like medical assistant and Phlebotomy. 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, X-Ray Technicians make a median salary of $48K. X-Ray Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

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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

Phlebotomy
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medical assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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