X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salary

Earnings for Certified X-Ray Technicians in the United States come in at around $17.71 per hour on average. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Women make up a slight majority of Certified X-Ray Technicians (57 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Certified X-Ray Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$20,426 - $59,432
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$20K
$46K
$59K
MEDIAN: $46,121
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$11.36 - $25.78
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$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$20,426 - $59,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
Total Pay (?
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$24,323 - $57,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.36 - $25.78  
   
Overtime
$1.94 - $36.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
   
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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$24,323 - $57,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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.

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Certified X-Ray Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. During the first five years of their careers, Certified X-Ray Technicians see a median income of $34K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $36K. Certified X-Ray Technicians see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Certified X-Ray Technicians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $48K.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 34%
dental benefits
None: 38%
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