X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary

Pay for X-Ray Technicians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.51 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.55 per hour to $20.42. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Over a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and around two in five claim dental coverage as well. The majority of X-Ray Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female X-Ray Technicians making up 72 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$23,387 - $49,068

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$11.55 - $20.42

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,387 - $49,068  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $603  
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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$24,441 - $44,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $20.42  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $32.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $603  
   
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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$24,441 - $44,607  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 430
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as X-Ray Technician, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $40K per year.

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X-Ray Technicians only report a few specific 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 19 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. X-Ray Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. 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 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$33,000


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

Phlebotomy
up arrow 19%


medical assistant
up arrow 3%

National Average
$33,000

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

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: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 36%
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