Average X-Ray Technicians in the United States make around $19.13 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most X-Ray Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and one-half have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,939 - $61,979
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$29K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $42,939
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$13.22 - $27.68
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$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,939 - $61,979  
   
Bonus
$197.62 - $5,166  
Profit Sharing
$509  
Total Pay (?
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$28,166 - $59,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.22 - $27.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.63  
Overtime
$17.50 - $40.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$197.62 - $5,166  
   
Profit Sharing
$509  
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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$28,166 - $59,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,153
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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

  • 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 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. A Certified X-Ray Technician role is the most common promotion for X-Ray Technicians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $38K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for X-Ray Technicians is a Radiology Technologist position, where earnings are usually $45K.

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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician


X-Ray Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in medical assistant, Computed Tomography, Orthopedics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Orthopedics are similarly competent 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $38K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $42K on average. X-Ray Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect X-Ray Technician Salaries

medical assistant
up arrow 7%


Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

Radiology
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National Average
$41,000

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
up arrow 1%

Phlebotomy
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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