X-Ray Technician Salary

Average X-Ray Technicians in the United States make around $19.69 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women account for the majority of X-Ray Technicians who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. The majority of X-Ray Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$28,927 - $67,934
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$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,281
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$14.01 - $28.56
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$0$67K
Salary $28,927 - $67,934
Bonus $250.00 - $4,500
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$29,296 - $62,026
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 265
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $14.01 - $28.56
Hourly Tips $2.25
Overtime $16.50 - $43.29
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $250.00 - $4,500
Profit Sharing $1,200
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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$29,296 - $62,026
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,164

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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.

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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


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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

National Average: $41,995

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

X-Ray Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a X-Ray Technician?

X-Ray Technician in Fort Wayne:
Pros: Flexibility and wonderful coworkers.
Cons: Many responsibilities that were not originally part of the job description without any additional compinsation.

X-Ray Technician in Defiance:
Pros: Very little stress.
Cons: Boring.

X-Ray Technician in Woodburn:
"It is a very boring job."
Pros: That I have income to provide for my family.
Cons: It is very boring.

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Key Stats for X-Ray Technician

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 145 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects X-Ray Technician Salaries

▲28%

▲16%

▲1%

National Average
$42,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect X-Ray Technician Salaries


medical assistant
▲3%

▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
▼2%

Phlebotomy
▼4%

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 29%
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