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X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary

An average X-Ray Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.50 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and about two-fifths have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most X-Ray Technicians survey respondents are women (73 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,242 - $45,302
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$45K
MEDIAN: $34,478
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$11.43 - $20.61
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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 - $783  
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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$24,404 - $44,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $20.61  
   
Overtime
$14.74 - $32.52  
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 - $783  
   
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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$24,404 - $44,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 413

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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 often transition into X-Ray Technician positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, X-Ray Technicians earn $40K per year.

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X-Ray Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Orthopedics and medical assistant are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. X-Ray Technicians bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. X-Ray Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $40K.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
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
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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