X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary

X-Ray Technicians in the United States take home approximately $15.50 per hour on average. Compensation ranges from $11.59 per hour on the lower end to $20.49 on the higher end. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, X-Ray Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly two in five get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female X-Ray Technicians making up 72 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$24,049 - $47,399
(Median)
$24K
$33K
$47K
MEDIAN: $32,824
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$11.59 - $20.49
(Median)
$12
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$24,049 - $47,399  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $602  
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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$24,572 - $44,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.59 - $20.49  
   
Overtime
$14.45 - $32.46  
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 - $602  
   
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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$24,572 - $44,580  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 425
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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 who move on to become X-Ray Technicians may enjoy significant pay raises, as X-Ray Technicians get paid an average of $40K per year.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by X-Ray Technicians who took the survey. 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 20 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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 bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. X-Ray Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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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 9%

National Average
$33,000


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

Phlebotomy
up arrow 20%


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: 28% employee benefits None: 36%
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