X-Ray Technician Salary

X-Ray Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.42 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $13.06 per hour to $27.06. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female X-Ray Technicians are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,409 - $60,662

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$13.06 - $27.06

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,409 - $60,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
Profit Sharing
$983 - $1,513  
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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$27,537 - $58,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 297
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $27.06  
   
Overtime
$14.73 - $40.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$983 - $1,513  
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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$27,537 - $58,128  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,178
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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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X-Ray Technicians who go on to become MRI Technologists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for MRI Technologists is $59K annually. 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


X-Ray Technicians only report a few specific 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 pay less than market rate include medical assistant. 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.


X-Ray Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. For X-Ray Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. X-Ray Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $52K.

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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

medical assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 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: 39% employee benefits None: 28%
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