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.

$20,128 - $50,965
$20K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,306
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$12.05 - $21.19
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,128 - $50,965  
   
Bonus
$983  
Total Pay (?
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$25,248 - $46,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $21.19  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $32.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$983  
   
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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$25,248 - $46,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 342

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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

  • 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.

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


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Many X-Ray Technicians move into X-Ray Technician roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $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 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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Key Stats for X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope)

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$34,000


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


medical assistant
up arrow 4%


Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 1%

Chiropractic Techniques
0%

National Average
$34,000

Phlebotomy
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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