X-Ray Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.94 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most X-Ray Technicians survey respondents are women (73 percent). Nearly one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and slightly less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$20,198 - $50,868
(Median)
$20K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,511
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$12.09 - $20.89
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,198 - $50,868  
   
Bonus
$600  
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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$25,354 - $45,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.09 - $20.89  
   
Overtime
$14.87 - $32.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$600  
   
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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$25,354 - $45,532  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 329
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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 transition into upper-level X-Ray Technician positions. X-Ray Technicians earn a median of $40K per year.

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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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. X-Ray Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000


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


medical assistant
up arrow 4%

Radiology
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Chiropractic Techniques
0%

National Average
$34,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 2%

Phlebotomy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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