Radiologic Technologist Salary

Radiologic Technologists in the United States take home an average $22.24 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Female Radiologic Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Job satisfaction for Radiologic Technologists is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,181 - $71,812
$33K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,626
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$17.40 - $30.97
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$0$71K
Salary $33,181 - $71,812
Bonus $100.90 - $2,909
Profit Sharing $808
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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$36,194 - $66,549
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 408
Hourly Data $0$49
Hourly Rate $17.40 - $30.97
Hourly Tips $9.52
Overtime $23.34 - $49.25
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $100.90 - $2,909
Profit Sharing $808
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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$36,194 - $66,549
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,522

Job Description for Radiologic Technologist

A radiologic technician plays a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases within the body. Several methods of medical imaging are used by a radiologic technologist, including X-rays, ultrasound, positron emission tomography (PET scans), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In addition to using various imaging machines, radiologic technicians must have experience using liquids that are used in medical imaging, including iodine and barium, which are used to produce clear images of one’s inner anatomy.

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Radiologic Technologist Tasks

  • Monitor video display of area being scanned and adjust density or contrast to improve picture quality.
  • Review and evaluate film and images to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes.
  • Explain process and position patient for scan; adjusting restriction devices; moving and adjusting equipment to set exposure factors.
  • Use radiation safety measures and protection devices for government regulations and patient safety.
  • As a trained technologist, operate radiology equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes under direction of a physician.

Common Career Paths for Radiologic Technologist


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At the upper end, Radiologic Technologists who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $84K per year. As Radiologic Technologists progress in their field, many go on to become Radiology Technologists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $45K. Another common career choice for Radiologic Technologists is to move into a Computed Tomography Technologist role — this promotion usually pays $55K.

Radiologic Technologist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Radiologic Technologist


Many Radiologic Technologists can be found at MobilexUSA, HCA, Inc., Radnet, Ohio Valley Medical Center, and Indiana University (IU) Health, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $65K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Sequoia Hospital, Radnet, and Concentra Medical Center Inc., where earnings of $62K, $57K, or $52K are standard for Radiologic Technologists.

SSM Health Care, Concentra Medical, and University of Michigan (U-M) are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($40K, $42K, and $43K respectively).

Popular Skills for Radiologic Technologist


Survey results imply that Radiologic Technologists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Interventional Radiology, mammography, Bone Density, and Fluoroscopy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 16 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Radiologic Technologist, Electronic Medical Records, and Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Picture Archival Computer System are similarly competent in Orthopedics and Surgery.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiologic Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Radiologic Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Radiologic Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 2,066 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radiologic Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 1,052 salaries. An experienced Radiologic Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 773 salaries. A Radiologic Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 417 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,559

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

Radiologic Technologists will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Radiologic Technologists will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+35 percent), Minneapolis (+24 percent), Baltimore (+22 percent), and Seattle (+21 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Dallas and 2 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Radiologic Technologist Reviews

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

Radiologic Technologist in Houston:
"Making a difference."
Pros: The opportunity to make a positive difference to a patient's quality of life and well being.
Cons: Personal issues discussed by coworkers around the workplace.

Radiologic Technologist in Anderson:
"Stress level."
Pros: I like that I am able to help patients and the hours are great.
Cons: There is a great deal of drama in the facility. The issues brought to management are addressed but nothing changes.

Radiologic Technologist in Chattanooga:
Pros: Thinking on your feet, seeing someone walk again.
Cons: In orthopedics, the responsibilities of the tech are subtly absolved. You can contest an xray order for a legitimate reason all you want, but you'll only waste time contesting a doctor.

Radiologic Technologist in Dallas:
"Easy going job with minimal interaction with patents."
Pros: My current job involves radiography, medical assisting, phlebotomy, immunizations, and more. Doing more than radiography makes my workday more exciting and involves greater interaction with patients.
Cons: Dealing with dramatic and immature coworkers who hate their jobs but are unwilling to quit and finding a more satisfying job.

Radiologic Technologist in Durango:
"Review?"
Pros: Half days on Fridays.
Cons: Cronyism, nepotism, disorganization of some staff as well as a lack of passion for the job.

Radiologic Technologist in Gloucester:
Pros: Taking care of people.
Cons: Rude people.

Radiologic Technologist in St. Louis:
"BlueTail Radiology Tech."
Pros: The people I work for and with are amazing. And our patients are fantastic.
Cons: Communication within the office could be a little better.

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Key Stats for Radiologic Technologist

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 543 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Radiologic Technologist Salaries

▲21%

▲8%

▲1%

National Average
$48,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries


▲12%

Bone Density
▲7%

▲4%


National Average
$48,000

▼1%

medical assistant
▼1%

Orthopedics
▼2%


Radiology
▼3%


Emergency/Trauma
▼4%

▼7%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼11%

Radiologic Technologist
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 543 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 26%