X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salary
Median pay for Certified X-Ray Technicians in the United States is around $18.57 per hour. Most Certified X-Ray Technicians are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. There are more female Certified X-Ray Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for X-Ray Technician (Certified)
Certified x-ray technicians may work in clinics, hospitals, or private practice. It is very important in this position to be a caring and professional individual in order to put patients at ease and prepare them for radiology exams.Read More...
X-ray technicians also perform regular maintenance on x-ray machines to ensure that they are working properly; when they are not, troubleshooting may be necessary and the equipment may be referred for repair. Generally, these technicians operate the x-ray machines in order to develop x-ray images, which are then interpreted so that analyses can be passed on to other medical personnel, such as the patient’s physician. Strong communication skills are important in this position in order to work well with other medical personnel, and computer skills are required in order to maintain communication with co-workers and type up reports, among other tasks. X-ray technicians may also be expected to maintain electronic and physical record databases and carry out periodic inventory of supplies.
For this position, a minimum of a high school diploma or GED is generally required in combination with certification as an x-ray technician, which can be obtained at an accredited technical school; current and valid state licensing are also required. Some relevant prior experience may be required for some positions, which can be obtained either from previous employment or internships. Current BLS certification should also be obtained by taking relevant courses.
X-Ray Technician (Certified) 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 (Certified)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. Certified X-Ray Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Certified X-Ray Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.