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Radiology Tech Salary

Radiology tech salary is dependent on several factors including the type of facility you work in, geographic location, and your level of skill and experience. Browse radiology technician salary by position, geographic region, and level of education. You can also compare radiology tech salary by specialization. The field of radiology provides many paths for advancement and increased salary potential.

Compare July 2010 Salary Information by State

Radiology Tech Salary At A Glance

Radiology Job TitleLowMedianHigh
Radiologic Technologist (Radiology Tech) $41,612 $52,336 $81,136
X-ray Technician $41,612 $52,336 $81,136
Ultrasound Technician $40,960 $67,670 $77,520
MRI Technician $48,371 $61,928 $83,638
Medical Assisting w/ Limited X-Ray $29,000 $38,000 $47,000
Nuclear Medicine Tech $56,400 $69,083 $95,906
Radiologist Assistant (R.A.) $90,076 $102,972 $112,615
Radiologist (M.D.) $309,976 $361,538 $434,022

*data from American Medical Association & indeed.com

Factors that Effect Radiology Technician Salary 

  • Level of education and training received
  • Type of medial facility (hospital, diagnostic image lab, physician office)
  • Geographic location (urban / dense versus rural)

 

Radiology Tech Salary & Medical Imaging Specializations 

The specialization you choose can have an effect on your compensation as well. The following data was taken from Aunt Minnie.com's salary poll conducted in March of 2009. You can learn more about specific areas of specialization in radiology, visit our radiology specializations page.

Radiology Salary By Specialization

Radiology SpecializationAverage Radiology Salary
General Radiology Tech(No Specialization)
$47,509
Interventional Radiology - Cardiovascular Technologist
$70,309
Nuclear Medicine / PET
$69,739
Ultrasound
$64,869
MRI
$64,716
CT - Radiologic Technologist specializing in Computed Tomography
$62,720
Mammography
$56,285

*data from Aunt Minnie.com

Regions Paying Highest Radiology Tech Salary

United States Region
Average Radiology Salary
Pacific (AK, WA, OR, CA, HI)
$74,183
New England (ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT)
$68,826
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA)
$61,373
South Atlantic (DE, MD, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, Fl, WADC)
$60,840

*data from Aunt Minnie.com

Radiology Salary Information by State

Below you'll find a more detailed look at average base salaries for radiologic technologists by state. We've also included salary information for ultrasound technicians and medical assistants. To find schools that offer these programs just click on the name of each state. The salary range may be different in your local community and will depend on the size of the hospital or clinic. Often times radiology college career centers can help you find the highest paying jobs in your area. A recent Salary.com survey found that nearly 80% of Radiologic Technologist jobs are filled by individuals with an Associates degree. In only two years you can make a great living in a very rewarding career. For those looking to move into clinic management you should consider earning your Bachelors degree. Currently almost 17% of working technologists have a Bachelors degree.

Compare Salary Information by State

Radiology Salaries By StateRadiologic Technologist SalaryUltrasound Technician SalaryMedical Assistant Salary
 
Alabama
$67,400
$83,000
$52,000
Alaska
$53,400
$65,000
$41,300
Arizona
$54,000
$67,000
$42,000
Arkansas
$53,800
$67,300
$42,600
California
$61,000
$76,500
$47,800
Colorado
$55,400
$69,300
$43,000
Connecticut
$65,000
$81,000
$50,000
Delaware
$62,100
$74,000
$46,500
Florida
$60,400
$74,300
$46,200
Georgia
$63,200
$81,000
$50,000
Hawaii
$48,600
$62,400
$39,000
Idaho
$50,000
$64,000
$40,300
Illinois
$63,000
$81,000
$50,000
Indiana
$61,000
$78,200
49,500
Iowa
$58,700
$76,400
$47,000
Kansas
$52,100
$67,600
$42,300
Kentucky
$63,000
$81,000
$51,000
Louisiana
$49,000
$63,700
$40,300
Maine
$47,300
$61,000
$38,900
Maryland
$63,500
$81,000
$50,000
Massachusetts
$66,000
$85,300
$53,000
Michigan
$58,000
$75,000
$47,000
Minnesota
$54,500
$70,000
$43,000
Mississippi
$76,000
$98,000
$61,000
Missouri
$62,500
$80,000
$50,100
Montana
$61,000
$79,300
$49,000
Nebraska
$54,000
$69,200
$43,000
Nevada
$56,600
$72,900
$45,000
New Hampshire
$50,300
$71,100
$44,000
New Jersey
$62,000
$79,000
$49,000
New Mexico
$56,400
$72,00
$45,000
New York
$70,000
$90,000
$56,000
North Carolina
$59,000
$76,000
$48,000
North Dakota
$62,100
$80,000
$50,000
Ohio
$55,700
$71,000
$44,000
Oklahoma
$54,000
$70,000
$43,000
Oregon
$57,000
$73,800
$46,600
Pennsylvania
$57,600
$73,000
$45,400
Rhode Island
$57,000
$73,800
$46,000
South Carolina
$53,800
$68,000
$43,000
South Dakota
$55,000
$71,200
$44,500
Tennessee
$60,000
$77,000
$48,000
Texas
$57,000
$73,000
$45,300
Utah
$47,300
$61,300
$38,000
Vermont
$61,000
$78,000
$49,200
Virginia
$62,300
$80,000
$50,000
Washington
$53,000
$68,000
$42,500
West Virginia
$71,000
$92,200
$57,000
Wisconsin
$49,000
$63,000
$39,000
Wyoming
$67,000
$86,000
$54,500

*This data was compiled with help from Indeed.com, Salary.com & from Aunt Minnie.com

Opportunities For Higher Salaries in Radiology & Medical Imaging

Radiologic tech's have many avenues to expand their earnings.  In addition to gaining experience, there is always the option to obtain additional earnings by enrolling in a radiology certificate program, or a radiology bachelor's degree. It is not uncommon for an entry level X-Ray Tech to learn additional procedures.  For those who want to become an M.D., you can also read about steps to take towards becoming a Radiologist M.D. For those who don't want to attend school for such a long tenure, becoming a Radiologist Assistant is a popular option due to its exceedingly high salaries (often exceeding 100K/yr) and the rewarding nature of such a high profile job in medical imaging sciences. The Radiologist Assistant (R.A.) position was created to help Radiologist (M.D.'s) with their workload due to the Radiologist shortage in the United States.

What If I'm just getting started in Medical Imaging? - Salary For Beginners

For those just getting started, there are a number of options. For those looking to maximize their starting salary, becoming certified after completing your program is highly recommended and takes relatively little effort upon graduating from a radiology or ultraound program. The editorial staff at Radiology-Schools.com recommends that you start by becoming a certified medical imaging professional in one of the major medical imaging professions. Becoming a certified professional can be a reality with as little as a one or two year program at radiology technician schools, ultrasound technician schools, or cardiovascular technologist schools.

I'm not sure medical imaging is right for me? Can I get my "feet wet" with any healthcare programs or jobs to be sure this is for me?

If you want to ease into the healthcare arena slowly, but not completely sure about a medical imaging job, we recommend looking at Medical Assistant Schools, EKG Technician Schools, or Phlebotomy Schools. It is very common for those starting in medical assisting, ekg, or related fields to supplement their education and later become a certified medical imaging professional. Your future in healthcare starts with taking the first step and finding a school near you. For those who are unable to attend regular campus courses, there are many online healthcare programs to choose from as well that let you work towards your future goals from home and work around your current work schedule. Sometime making the sacrifice is the key determinant in successfully making a career transition.

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