Median pay for Certified X-Ray Technicians in the United States is around $18.57 per hour. Most Certified X-Ray Technicians are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. There are more female Certified X-Ray Technicians who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 65 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly two-fifths lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,305 - $52,903
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MEDIAN: $45,880
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$45,880  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,985 - $58,524  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $28.37  
   
Overtime
$28.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$29,985 - $58,524  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $36K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. Certified X-Ray Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $48K. Certified X-Ray Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $52K on average.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Certified) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$41,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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