Radiology Technologist Salary

Median pay for Radiology Technologists in the United States is around $22.48 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Although about one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Female Radiology Technologists make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Work is enjoyable for Radiology Technologists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,454 - $73,101
$30K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,612
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$17.11 - $31.34
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MEDIAN: $22.62
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$0$73K
Salary $30,454 - $73,101
Bonus $50.17 - $1,546
Profit Sharing $1,400
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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$35,330 - $67,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 186
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $17.11 - $31.34
Hourly Tips $3.31
Overtime $15.46 - $47.10
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $50.17 - $1,546
Profit Sharing $1,400
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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$35,330 - $67,519
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,114

Job Description for Radiology Technologist

A radiology technologist works in a clinical environment (such as a hospital) that uses x-rays, radiological equipment, and fluroscoping equipment. They work alongside clinicians and doctors to ensure that the physicians receive necessary diagnostic imaging required to administer treatment. They also work with with patients in a friendly, compassionate manner as they get the equipment poised to shoot at the proper angles while causing the least amount of discomfort possible.

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Radiology 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 Radiology Technologist


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At the upper end, Radiology Technologists who move into a Radiology Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Radiology Managers is a much higher $71K per year. The most common career progression for Radiology Technologists leads to becoming a Computed Tomography Technologist, where average pay is $55K annually. However, many Radiology Technologists also opt to become Licensed Radiologic Technologists. Typically, a Licensed Radiologic Technologist brings home $44K.

Radiology Technologist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Radiology Technologist


Radiology Technologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Bone Density, mammography, Computed Tomography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Orthopedics. Most people skilled in Picture Archival Computer System are similarly competent in Operating Room / OR.

Pay by Experience Level for Radiology Technologist

Pay by Experience for a Radiology Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Radiology Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 674 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Radiology 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 369 salaries. An experienced Radiology Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 331 salaries. A Radiology Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 150 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,576

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

Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Radiology Technologists in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Radiology Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Las Vegas (+32 percent), Baltimore (+27 percent), Boston (+23 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Oklahoma City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Colorado Springs (13 percent lower) and Miami (7 percent lower).

Radiology Technologist Reviews

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

Radiology Technologist in Chesapeake:
"Good Environment, Bad Pay."
Pros: My coworkers and everyone else are friendly. Can do my job for the most part without being bothered or micro managed.
Cons: Base pay is almost 5 dollars less than surrounding hospitals.

Radiology Technologist in Miami:
Pros: Working with the patients.
Cons: Long hours, working holidays and weekends.

Radiology Technologist in Sarasota:
"Under Valued."
Pros: Working with new patients daily, the diversity.
Cons: The pay.

Radiology Technologist in Hyattsville:
"Work Flexible, Passionate, Patient."
Pros: Everything, but mostly sharing my compassion with my patients.
Cons: None.

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Key Stats for Radiology Technologist

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Radiology Technologist Salaries

▲20%

▲7%

▼0%

National Average
$48,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Radiology Technologist Salaries

Bone Density
▲18%

▲5%




National Average
$48,000

▼1%


▼1%

Orthopedics
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 25%