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X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salary

Pay for Certified X-Ray Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $17.16 per hour. Job satisfaction for Certified X-Ray Technicians is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Men make up a slight majority of Certified X-Ray Technicians (53 percent) who responded to the survey. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,240 - $61,672
(Median)
$24K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,067
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$10.73 - $24.78
(Median)
$11
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,240 - $61,672  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$22,956 - $57,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $24.78  
   
Overtime
$2.07 - $35.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
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).
)
$22,956 - $57,055  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80

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Job Description for X-Ray Technician (Certified)

  • 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.


For Certified X-Ray Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $34K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 62% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 35%