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X-Ray Technician Salary (United States)

Median pay for X-Ray Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.43 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one-half. More than half of X-Ray Technicians (67 percent) survey participants are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
X-Ray Technician Salary (?
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$26,612 - $59,738
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MEDIAN: $41,181
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X-Ray Technician Salary (?
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$12.99 - $27.27
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,612 - $59,738  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,025  
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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$27,308 - $58,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 259
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
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$12.99 - $27.27  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $39.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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$0.00 - $1,025  
   
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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$27,308 - $58,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,062
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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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For X-Ray Technicians, career progression to a MRI Technologist role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a MRI Technologist, an upper-level role, can earn $59K annually. X-Ray Technicians go on to become Certified X-Ray Technicians more often than anything even though typical 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 $44K.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician

X-Ray Technicians seem to require a number of specific 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. Most people who know 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.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $36K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. On average, X-Ray Technicians make $47K following one to two decades on the job. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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For X-Ray Technicians, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. X-Ray Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a X-Ray Technician's salary, with Orlando X-Ray Technicians earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (22 percent less) and Nashville (17 percent less).

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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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National Average
$40,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 27%