X-Ray Technician Salary

X-Ray Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.42 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $13.04 per hour and $27.04. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, X-Ray Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female X-Ray Technicians are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,951 - $60,720
(Median)
$28K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,879
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$13.04 - $27.04
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,951 - $60,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
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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$27,466 - $58,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $27.04  
   
Overtime
$14.66 - $40.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
   
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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$27,466 - $58,120  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,161
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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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At the upper end, X-Ray Technicians who move into a MRI Technologist role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for MRI Technologists is a much higher $59K per year. X-Ray Technicians go on to become Certified X-Ray Technicians more often than anything even though median 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 $45K.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician


Survey results suggest that X-Ray Technicians put a wide range of professional skills 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 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include medical assistant. It is often found that people who know Orthopedics are 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 $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. X-Ray Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $47K. After two decades in the workforce, the average X-Ray Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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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