The average wage for an X-Ray Technician is $18.65 per hour.Rate goes up steadily as a this job becomes more experienced. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Computed Tomography (CT) and Orthopedics. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
X-Ray Technician Total Pay (?
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$25,775 - $59,569
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MEDIAN: $40,429
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X-Ray Technician Total Pay (?
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$13.10 - $27.77
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$25,775 - $59,569  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,442  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
Total Pay (?
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$27,452 - $59,648  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.10 - $27.77  
   
Overtime
$15.90 - $40.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,442  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$27,452 - $59,648  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 21 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345
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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.
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Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
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San Diego
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Phoenix
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Baltimore
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Los Angeles
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Amarillo
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Chicago
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Houston
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National Average
$40,000
Las Vegas
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Dallas
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Pittsburgh
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Memphis
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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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Radiology
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National Average
$40,000
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Gender
Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 26%
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