X-Ray Technician Salary

Median pay for X-Ray Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $19.44 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and approximately one-half have dental, too. The majority of X-Ray Technicians (68 percent) who took the survey are female. Most X-Ray Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,051 - $65,662
$29K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,938
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$13.48 - $27.91
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MEDIAN: $19.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,051 - $65,662  
   
Bonus
$200.80 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$75.00  
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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$28,709 - $60,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 292
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $27.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.63  
Overtime
$16.65 - $40.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$200.80 - $5,106  
   
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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$28,709 - $60,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,130
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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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X-Ray Technicians who transition into a MRI Technologist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $60K per year. As X-Ray Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become Certified X-Ray Technicians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $38K. Another common career choice for X-Ray Technicians is to move into a Radiology Technologist role — this promotion usually pays $45K.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, medical assistant, Orthopedics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records. 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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $42K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $38K. X-Ray Technicians see a median salary of $49K after reaching 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 $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,240

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

X-Ray Technicians will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. X-Ray Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+31 percent), San Antonio (+10 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Dallas and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively.

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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
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician Salaries

▲30%

▲18%

▲3%

National Average
$41,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect X-Ray Technician Salaries


medical assistant
▲5%

▲3%

▲2%

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
▼0%

National Average
$41,000

Phlebotomy
▼2%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼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
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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