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X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salary

Median pay for Certified X-Ray Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.20 per hour. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than one-half get dental coverage, too. Women make up a slight majority of Certified X-Ray Technicians (57 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$24,658 - $60,820
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MEDIAN: $39,300
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$10.83 - $24.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,658 - $60,820  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Total Pay (?
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$23,159 - $56,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $24.85  
   
Overtime
$2.14 - $41.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
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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$23,159 - $56,112  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $33K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $37K. Certified X-Ray Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. 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.

Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 30%