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X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary

X-Ray Technicians in the United States take home approximately $15.45 per hour on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $11.38 per hour, and the top verges on $20.56. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female X-Ray Technicians make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and about two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,242 - $45,302
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$45K
MEDIAN: $34,478
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50%
90%

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$11.38 - $20.56
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,242 - $45,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $607  
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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$24,159 - $44,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $20.56  
   
Overtime
$14.75 - $32.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $607  
   
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).
)
$24,159 - $44,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412

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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 move into a X-Ray Technician role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $40K per year.

X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as X-Ray Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Orthopedics and medical assistant are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. X-Ray Technicians see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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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


medical assistant
up arrow 3%

National Average
$33,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 36%