$64,783
Avg. Salary
$30.61
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$803

Bonus

$2,750

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an MRI Technologist is $30.61 per hour.

The average pay for an MRI Technologist is $64,783 per year.

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$0$87K
Salary $43,666 - $87,949
Bonus $204 - $2,507
Profit Sharing $497 - $9,863
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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$49,261 - $84,956
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 323
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $23.81 - $39.95
Hourly Tips $1.32
Overtime $30.21 - $60.52
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $204 - $2,507
Profit Sharing $497 - $9,863
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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$49,261 - $84,956
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,325

Job Description

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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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.

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Popular Skills


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

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

22%

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-16%

National Average: $64,416

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.

Job Reviews

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

MRI Technologist in Devils Lake:
"Simply looking for a pay review."
Pros: Independent scheduling
Cons: Little or no opportunity for advancement and lack of appreciation

MRI Technologist in Olathe:
"Very fast paced environment."
Pros: Working three 12 hour shifts
Cons: Too many scheduling responsibilities for technologists

MRI Technologist:
I don't agree with their expansion vision, over the past 5 years. They have bought a lot of hospital that have struggled financial. So I don't know how this is going to turn out in the long run. One former co-worker described "Banner as the Walmart of Healthcare". I would have to agree, they are cheap in a lot of ways. The benefit package is fair, it was great 5 years ago. Year after year they would take some benefit or some job perk away. The pay was on the lower side for as much experience and certifications that I have. This is one of the main reasons I left. They are a decent stepping stone for someone starting out that wants some experience. Then you have to leave the organization to get paid what you are worth.

MRI Technologist in Memphis:
"Great."
Pros: Freedom to work without oversight
Cons: uncooperative patients

MRI Technologist in Dallas:
"Stepping stone."
We work long, hard stressful hours. Requires an analytical and technical brain. Requires multitasking. Requires dealing with angry doctors and needy patients. The team you work with is critical in making the job rewarding. If you can gracefully handle whatever comes at you consistently, people will notice.

MRI Technologist in Las Vegas:
"That I would top out on the payscale and vacation scale."
Do not stay at one job for too long. Learn many different types of magnets, work at hospitals as well as clinics for a better rounded work knowledge.

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

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Gender

Female
65 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 373 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲17%

▲5%

National Average
$64,000

▼3%

▼12%

How Skills Affect Salaries

MRI
▲4%

Nuclear Medicine
▼0%

National Average
$64,000

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
▼2%


Radiology Information Systems (RIS)
▼5%

▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 373 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 20%