X-Ray Technician Salary
|Salary||$28,927 - $67,934|
|Bonus||$250.00 - $4,500|
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|$29,296 - $62,026|
|Hourly Rate||$14.01 - $28.56|
|Overtime||$16.50 - $43.29|
|Bonus||$250.00 - $4,500|
|Total Pay (||$29,296 - $62,026|
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.Read More...
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 “patient shields,” which are gowns or covers which protect the majority of the body which is not being radio-graphed. It is important to be able to keep patients calm and well-informed of what is happening, as well as help patients feel at ease if they are apprehensive about these procedures. These technicians are also responsible for maintaining x-ray equipment and cleaning the parts of the machines which come into close contact with patients.
Most x-ray technicians have either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in radiology, and it is also recommended to attend a course which is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Upon graduation and before becoming officially licensed, one must also pass an examination for the geographical location in which they will work. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
Common Career Paths for X-Ray Technician
For X-Ray Technicians, progressing to a MRI Technologist role may result in a significant raise. On average, a MRI Technologist can earn $60K annually. A Certified X-Ray Technician role is the most prevalent career advancement for X-Ray Technicians. Paychecks for that role are $38K on average. The Radiology Technologist position is another common transition for X-Ray Technicians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $45K mark.
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Popular Skills for X-Ray Technician
X-Ray Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Computed Tomography, medical assistant, Orthopedics, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Electronic Medical Records and Phlebotomy. Most people skilled in Orthopedics are similarly competent in Computed Tomography (CT).
Pay by Experience Level for X-Ray Technician
Pay by Experience for an X-Ray Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level X-Ray Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 887 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An X-Ray Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 306 salaries. An experienced X-Ray Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 270 salaries. An X-Ray Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 160 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For those looking to make money, X-Ray Technicians in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. X-Ray Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+29 percent), San Antonio (+9 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Dallas and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.
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