The average hourly pay for an X-Ray Technician is $19.93.
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Job Description for X-Ray Technician
X-ray technicians are responsible for operating radiology machines under a doctor’s orders for a patient. Depending on the illness, a doctor may decide to order x-rays of particular parts of the body, and the technician is tasked with capturing these areas using the x-ray machine. X-ray technicians use their in-depth knowledge and training to provide patients with the correct, and safe, amounts of radiation exposure to ensure the safety of everyone involved. They know where and how to place “pa…Read more
X-Ray Technician Tasks
- 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.
- Perform basic general x-rays of the chest, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, knee, foot or ankle under supervision of physician.
- 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.
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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician
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Skills in Radiology, Orthopedics and Computed Tomography (CT) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Phlebotomy.
Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician
An entry-level X-Ray Technician with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.03 based on 178 salaries. An early career X-Ray Technician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.19 based on 917 salaries. A mid-career X-Ray Technician with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $20.21 based on 378 salaries. An experienced X-Ray Technician with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.52 based on 394 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with X-Ray Technician in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 42.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Phoenix, Arizona (1.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (21.4% less), Los Angeles, California (7.8% less) and Houston, Texas (7.0% less).
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