X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salary
For Certified X-Ray Technicians, hourly average wages total $18.54 per hour. Although close to one-half have medical coverage and roughly a third have dental coverage, roughly one-half claim no health benefits at all. Female Certified X-Ray Technicians are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (69 percent) are women. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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
- 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.
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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.
For many Certified X-Ray Technicians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $36K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $37K. On average, Certified X-Ray Technicians make $43K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Certified X-Ray Technician with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.
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