MRI Technologist Salary

The average MRI Technologist in the United States earns approximately $30.14 per hour. Cash earnings for MRI Technologists — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $84K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. The majority of MRI Technologists (67 percent) who took the survey are women. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most MRI Technologists. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$43,531 - $86,902
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$63K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,577
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$23.69 - $39.71
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$0$86K
Salary $43,531 - $86,902
Bonus $103.42 - $2,469
Profit Sharing $408.51 - $10,067
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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$48,889 - $84,718
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 196
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $23.69 - $39.71
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $29.75 - $59.99
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $103.42 - $2,469
Profit Sharing $408.51 - $10,067
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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$48,889 - $84,718
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,340

Job Description for MRI Technologist

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, creates images of soft tissue and organ systems for use by health care professionals. The MRI technologist operates the machines used in creating these detailed images. They work alongside other healthcare professionals to assist them and the patient in creating useful scans with which doctors can make assessments and develop a treatment strategy. An MRI technologist must possess not only the technical knowledge to operate the machinery, but also needs to know techniques to situate the patient so scans are most useful to physicians and specialists. MRI technologist must have an excellent bedside manner with patients of all ages; if the technologist is assigned to a particular age group, they may need to have particular skills interacting with that demographic.

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MRI Technologist Tasks

  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices to comply with government regulations and to ensure safety of patients and staff.
  • Review and evaluate computer generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Explain procedure to patient, position and immobilize patient on exam table and observe during scan under direction of physician.
  • Operate magnetic resonance imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes.
  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.

MRI Technologist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for MRI Technologist


Known for taking on a considerable number of MRI Technologists, Radnet, HCA, Inc., Advanced Imaging, Alliance Imaging, Inc., and Mercy Hospital are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at New York Presbyterian Hospital — the median salary there is $83K. MRI Group, HCA, Inc., and The Veterans Administration (United States) also offer top salaries for MRI Technologists. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $75K, $69K, and $67K, respectively.

Employees at Advanced Imaging, Alliance Imaging, Inc., and Radnet can also expect below-average earnings of $62K, $62K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for MRI Technologist


MRI Technologists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Radiology and Radiology Information Systems. The majority of those who know Magnetic Resonance Imaging also know Computed Tomography (CT).

Pay by Experience Level for MRI Technologist

Pay by Experience for an MRI Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level MRI Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 622 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An MRI Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 372 salaries. An experienced MRI Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 474 salaries. An MRI Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 247 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

23%

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-15%

National Average: $63,669

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for MRI Technologists, 24 percent higher than the national average. MRI Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Tucson (+7 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. St. Louis and Miami are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

MRI Technologist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a MRI Technologist?

MRI Technologist in Hollywood:
"Interesting."
Pros: Different everyday, work flexibility.
Cons: Inconsistent schedule, work every weekend.

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Key Stats for MRI Technologist

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Experience Affects MRI Technologist Salaries

▲18%

▲6%

National Average
$64,000

▼1%

▼11%

Skills That Affect MRI Technologist Salaries

MRI
▲5%

Nuclear Medicine
▲1%

National Average
$64,000

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
▼1%


Radiology Information Systems (RIS)
▼4%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 197 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 20%