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X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary (United States)

Median pay for X-Ray Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.28 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and more than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by around two in five. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female X-Ray Technicians making up 73 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary (?
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$24,080 - $46,369
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X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary (?
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$11.12 - $20.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,080 - $46,369  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$23,613 - $44,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $20.57  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $31.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$23,613 - $44,504  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 399
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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.

X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Job Listings

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X-Ray Technicians report a focused set of job skills. Medical assistant and Orthopedics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 4 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for X-Ray Technicians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $30K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $35K. X-Ray Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$32,000
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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, X-Ray Technicians in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. X-Ray Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+6 percent) and Nashville (+4 percent). Memphis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000

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

Orthopedics
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medical assistant
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National Average
$32,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 61% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 35%