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X-Ray Technician Salary

X-Ray Technicians in the United States take home approximately $18.46 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $13.01 per hour and $27.21. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most X-Ray Technicians. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one-half get dental coverage, too. The majority of X-Ray Technicians (67 percent) who took the survey are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,499 - $60,631
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,290
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$13.01 - $27.21
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$27,499 - $60,631  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Profit Sharing
$992 - $2,948  
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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$27,368 - $58,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $27.21  
   
Overtime
$15.17 - $40.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$992 - $2,948  
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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$27,368 - $58,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,112

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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. 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 $44K.

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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, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include medical assistant. Those educated in Orthopedics tend to be well versed 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. X-Ray Technicians bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.

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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

medical assistant
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 28%
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