X-Ray Technician Salary

The average X-Ray Technician in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $18.54 per hour. Pay generally varies between $13.09 per hour and $27.42. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. Most X-Ray Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female X-Ray Technicians survey participants are more prevalent than men — 69 percent of professionals. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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. Given that the median pay is $37K, it may be surprising to find that a Certified X-Ray Technician is the most common role for X-Ray Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Radiology Technologist role — which pays $45K — is also typical for X-Ray Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician


Survey results imply that X-Ray Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. 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 proficient in Orthopedics are, more often than not, also skilled 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.


For X-Ray Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. X-Ray Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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