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.

$39,305 - $52,903
$46K
MEDIAN: $45,880
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$14.65 - $27.60
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$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.54
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Salary
$45,880  
   
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$30,335 - $57,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Hourly Rate
$14.65 - $27.60  
   
Overtime
$29.67  
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$30,335 - $57,476  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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

  • 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.

Key Stats for X-Ray Technician (Certified)

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 48%
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