X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary
X-Ray Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.01 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and close to one-half get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female X-Ray Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
X-ray technicians works in a variety of settings, which include hospitals, physician offices, community clinics, and diagnostic laboratories. If an office or hospital has a radiologic department or X-ray machine, an X-ray technician will always be on staff to operate the equipment. The equipment operated by a technician can be an X-ray machine or, for more advanced technicians, an MRI and other imaging machines. Unlike specialists or primary care physicians, an X-ray technician is generally not on call. Their hours may vary depending on the hours of their organization and the requirements of their position.
A high school diploma or equivalent and specialized training in a radiologic technology program are required for this position. There are entrance tests and requirements to enter these programs, and the applicant must not have a criminal record. At completion of the program, an applicant may obtain a certificate, associate's, or bachelor’s degree, depending on the scope of the program.
X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) 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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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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. On average, X-Ray Technicians make $38K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average X-Ray Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $43K.
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