X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary

Earnings for X-Ray Technicians in the United States come in at around $15.48 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.53 per hour, and the top verges on $20.52. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. For the most part, X-Ray Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female X-Ray Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,049 - $47,399
(Median)
$24K
$33K
$47K
MEDIAN: $32,824
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$11.53 - $20.52
(Median)
$12
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,049 - $47,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $609  
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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$24,438 - $44,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.53 - $20.52  
   
Overtime
$14.76 - $32.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $609  
   
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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$24,438 - $44,577  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426
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Job Description for X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope)

An X-ray technician (also known as a radiologic technician or radiographer) performs imaging of the human body used for the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems. An X-ray technician normally assists the radiologist or primary care physician during the course of treatment and may interact with the patient. However, the technician generally does not read and interpret the X-ray for diagnosis purposes, as that function is reserved for the radiologist or primary care physician. An X-ray technician works closely with other professionals in the healthcare setting and is an integral position to properly diagnosis and care for patients. The X-ray technician must have good interpersonal skills, as they must be able to explain procedures related to X-ray imaging to patients as they occur.

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X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) 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.

Common Career Paths for X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope)


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Many X-Ray Technicians move into a X-Ray Technician role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $40K per year.

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Survey takers who work as X-Ray Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, Orthopedics, medical assistant, and Electronic Medical Records are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records.

Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


X-Ray Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $31K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $39K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salaries

Phlebotomy
up arrow 20%


medical assistant
up arrow 3%

National Average
$33,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 36%
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