X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) Salary
Average X-Ray Technicians in the United States make around $15.79 per hour. Residence and experience level 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 70 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by approximately one-half. The majority of X-Ray Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$20,198 - $52,128|
|Total Pay (||$25,101 - $47,052|
|Hourly Rate||$11.96 - $21.20|
|Overtime||$15.02 - $30.97|
|Total Pay (||$25,101 - $47,052|
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.Read More...
X-ray technicians works in a variety of settings, which include hospitals, physician offices, community clinics, and diagnostic laboratories. If an office or hospital has a radiologic department or X-ray machine, an X-ray technician will always be on staff to operate the equipment. The equipment operated by a technician can be an X-ray machine or, for more advanced technicians, an MRI and other imaging machines. Unlike specialists or primary care physicians, an X-ray technician is generally not on call. Their hours may vary depending on the hours of their organization and the requirements of their position.
A high school diploma or equivalent and specialized training in a radiologic technology program are required for this position. There are entrance tests and requirements to enter these programs, and the applicant must not have a criminal record. At completion of the program, an applicant may obtain a certificate, associate's, or bachelor’s degree, depending on the scope of the program.
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.
Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope)
Pay by Experience for an X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) has a positive trend. An entry-level X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 199 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 81 salaries. An experienced X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 75 salaries. An X-Ray Technician (Limited Scope) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 28 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
X-Ray Technicians will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. X-Ray Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Orange (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), Nashville (+13 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with X-Ray Technicians in Memphis earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Workers in Tampa and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less).
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