X-Ray Technician Salary

X-Ray Technicians in the United States pull down an average of $19.69 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and a little less than one-half have dental insurance. Women make up the majority of X-Ray Technicians (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most X-Ray Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,026 - $64,368
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$64K
MEDIAN: $43,319
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$13.76 - $28.25
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$0$64K
Salary $29,026 - $64,368
Bonus $207.81 - $5,096
Profit Sharing $1,278
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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$28,996 - $61,558
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 277
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $13.76 - $28.25
Hourly Tips $2.25
Overtime $16.67 - $41.37
Annual Data $0$61K
Bonus $207.81 - $5,096
Profit Sharing $1,278
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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$28,996 - $61,558
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,156

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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as MRI Technologist. The latter position pays an average of $60K annually. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records and Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Orthopedics are similarly competent in Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician

Pay by Experience for an X-Ray Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level X-Ray Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 887 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An X-Ray Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 306 salaries. An experienced X-Ray Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 270 salaries. An X-Ray Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 160 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,622

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

Home to some of the best pay for X-Ray Technicians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. X-Ray Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+30 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Dallas and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

X-Ray Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a X-Ray Technician?

X-Ray Technician in Fort Wayne:
Pros: Flexibility and wonderful coworkers.
Cons: Many responsibilities that were not originally part of the job description without any additional compinsation.

X-Ray Technician in Defiance:
Pros: Very little stress.
Cons: Boring.

X-Ray Technician in Woodburn:
"It is a very boring job."
Pros: That I have income to provide for my family.
Cons: It is very boring.

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Key Stats for X-Ray Technician

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician Salaries

▲29%

▲17%

▲2%

National Average
$42,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect X-Ray Technician Salaries


medical assistant
▲4%

▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$42,000

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
▼1%

Phlebotomy
▼3%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 30%
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