X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary

X-Ray Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.64 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.83 per hour on the lower end to $20.58 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female X-Ray Technicians making up 71 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — over a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$20,412 - $50,100
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,157
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$11.83 - $20.58
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,412 - $50,100  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$24,853 - $45,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $20.58  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $31.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$24,853 - $45,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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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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X-Ray Technicians who move on to become X-Ray Technicians may enjoy significant pay raises, as X-Ray Technicians get paid an average of $40K per year.

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X-Ray Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Phlebotomy, medical assistant, Radiology, and Orthopedics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include 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.


For X-Ray Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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 $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. X-Ray Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$33,000


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

Phlebotomy
up arrow 18%

medical assistant
up arrow 12%

Radiology
up arrow 4%

Orthopedics
up arrow 3%

National Average
$33,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 3%

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
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 62%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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