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Radiology Tech Salary

Radiology technicians use equipment to take diagnostic images of the human body using X-ray machines and CT scanners. They are responsible for prepping the patient and taking images the Radiologist (MD) needs. They may also maintain the equipment, keep patient records, and evaluate the images along with physicians and surgeons.

Compare 2014 Salary Information by State

According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, in order to potentially qualify for a position as a radiological technician you may need to earn an associate degree from an accredited college or university prior to being licensed. You may also be required to learn about biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology during the course of earning your degree however, according to the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the major of the degree is irrelevant.

Radiology Tech Salary At A Glance

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2014) the median annual wage for radiology technicians during 2014 was slightly above the median annual salary for all occupations during same year. However, this may fluctuate depending on geographic area, level of experience and employer type. Reasons for this salary range can include the growing need for diagnostic imaging as a means of preventative medicine and the current education required for employment.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Factors that Effect Radiology Technician Salary 

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

Licensure for Radiology Technicians

According to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, most states require radiologic technicians to earn a license in order to practice, and, according to the BLS, many states use the ARRT certification exam for licensure. Earning the license can include taking and passing the ARRT exam which requires completion of at least an associate degree, or additional steps which vary by state. Some states may restrict which machines can be used by a technician before or without licensure.

Opportunities For Higher Salaries in Radiology & Medical Imaging

Radiologic technicians 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 earning a radiology bachelor's degree. For those who are on the path to become a doctor, 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 (R.A.)can be a prudent option due to its higher than median salaries and possible rewarding nature of a career in medical imaging sciences.

What If I'm just getting started in Medical Imaging?

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 could improve your initial salary offer and the process takes relatively little time upon graduating from a radiologic or ultrasound 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 career in medical imaging, we recommend looking at Medical Assistant Schools, EKG Technician Schools, or Phlebotomy Schools. 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.

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 the BLS and offers a comparison between various radiological technician careers and healthcare careers of similar education and training. You can learn more about specific areas of specialization in radiology, visit our radiology specializations page.

CareerBottom 10% Annual WageAnnual Median WageTop 10% Annual Wage
Nuclear Medicine Technologists5295073360100080
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians284205488087170
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers487206897097390
Radiologic Technologists381105667081660
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Radiologic Tech Salary By Specialization

Growth for Radiology Technicians

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nationally, radiologic technicians expected to experience a faster than average employment growth than for all occupations during the next decade. Employment outlooks for states and cities may vary. Nationally, growth in the field is projected to be the result of an increasingly elderly society, who incur breaks and fractures at a higher rate than younger populations, and recent federal legislation which increases the number of patients who have access to healthcare. The role of diagnostic imaging in preventative medicine may also contribute to the growth of this profession over the next decade.

CareerTotal EmploymentProjected Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Radiologic Technologists195590172008.7
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

States & Regions Paying Highest Radiology Tech Salary

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. The salary range may be different in your local community and will depend on the size of the hospital or clinic.

Compare Salary Information by State

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
DelawareRadiologic Technologists58750
WyomingRadiologic Technologists50080
AlaskaRadiologic Technologists70070
South DakotaRadiologic Technologists47590
Rhode IslandRadiologic Technologists67130
VermontRadiologic Technologists57330
HawaiiRadiologic Technologists69860
North DakotaRadiologic Technologists49100
MontanaRadiologic Technologists51350
New HampshireRadiologic Technologists62030
MaineRadiologic Technologists55630
IdahoRadiologic Technologists50850
NevadaRadiologic Technologists66420
West VirginiaRadiologic Technologists45820
NebraskaRadiologic Technologists52510
New MexicoRadiologic Technologists57590
ArkansasRadiologic Technologists46090
KansasRadiologic Technologists49950
ConnecticutRadiologic Technologists63070
MississippiRadiologic Technologists46030
South CarolinaRadiologic Technologists48700
UtahRadiologic Technologists53000
IowaRadiologic Technologists48800
KentuckyRadiologic Technologists49210
AlabamaRadiologic Technologists46360
LouisianaRadiologic Technologists46950
OklahomaRadiologic Technologists49920
ArizonaRadiologic Technologists60950
OregonRadiologic Technologists66420
MassachusettsRadiologic Technologists70650
MarylandRadiologic Technologists63530
TennesseeRadiologic Technologists49640
ColoradoRadiologic Technologists60800
MissouriRadiologic Technologists50320
VirginiaRadiologic Technologists55820
MinnesotaRadiologic Technologists62870
North CarolinaRadiologic Technologists54490
GeorgiaRadiologic Technologists50440
New JerseyRadiologic Technologists65010
WisconsinRadiologic Technologists55520
WashingtonRadiologic Technologists65820
IndianaRadiologic Technologists53150
MichiganRadiologic Technologists52530
OhioRadiologic Technologists53120
IllinoisRadiologic Technologists59490
FloridaRadiologic Technologists51310
PennsylvaniaRadiologic Technologists54970
New YorkRadiologic Technologists66460
TexasRadiologic Technologists55430
CaliforniaRadiologic Technologists74980
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
DelawareDiagnostic Medical Sonographers71640
WyomingDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61840
AlaskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers82880
South DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60600
Rhode IslandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers70450
VermontDiagnostic Medical Sonographers72340
HawaiiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers79890
North DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers66590
MontanaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers69350
New HampshireDiagnostic Medical Sonographers76760
MaineDiagnostic Medical Sonographers73680
IdahoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers67380
NevadaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75760
West VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers56340
NebraskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers63450
New MexicoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers65340
ArkansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers58470
KansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers66100
ConnecticutDiagnostic Medical Sonographers74710
MississippiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61050
South CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers59630
UtahDiagnostic Medical Sonographers73610
IowaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61460
KentuckyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60030
AlabamaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers54660
LouisianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers58420
OklahomaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers65060
ArizonaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers83030
OregonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers87960
MassachusettsDiagnostic Medical Sonographers83460
MarylandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers72810
TennesseeDiagnostic Medical Sonographers59430
ColoradoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers79850
MissouriDiagnostic Medical Sonographers66290
VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers69850
MinnesotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75330
North CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers64370
GeorgiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61070
New JerseyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers73300
WisconsinDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75860
WashingtonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers85630
IndianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers63750
MichiganDiagnostic Medical Sonographers59710
OhioDiagnostic Medical Sonographers62650
IllinoisDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75490
FloridaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61850
PennsylvaniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers63300
New YorkDiagnostic Medical Sonographers69190
TexasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers68240
CaliforniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers96480
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
DelawareMedical Assistants30650
WyomingMedical Assistants30130
AlaskaMedical Assistants38320
South DakotaMedical Assistants28230
Rhode IslandMedical Assistants33240
VermontMedical Assistants33990
HawaiiMedical Assistants33620
North DakotaMedical Assistants32530
MontanaMedical Assistants30580
New HampshireMedical Assistants33290
MaineMedical Assistants31230
IdahoMedical Assistants29470
NevadaMedical Assistants30730
West VirginiaMedical Assistants25080
NebraskaMedical Assistants29620
New MexicoMedical Assistants28230
ArkansasMedical Assistants27710
KansasMedical Assistants28550
ConnecticutMedical Assistants34190
MississippiMedical Assistants27570
South CarolinaMedical Assistants28310
UtahMedical Assistants29080
IowaMedical Assistants30180
KentuckyMedical Assistants28350
AlabamaMedical Assistants25830
LouisianaMedical Assistants26630
OklahomaMedical Assistants28160
ArizonaMedical Assistants30440
OregonMedical Assistants34840
MassachusettsMedical Assistants36560
MarylandMedical Assistants33170
TennesseeMedical Assistants28840
ColoradoMedical Assistants32780
MissouriMedical Assistants28470
VirginiaMedical Assistants30400
MinnesotaMedical Assistants35920
North CarolinaMedical Assistants29830
GeorgiaMedical Assistants29220
New JerseyMedical Assistants33690
WisconsinMedical Assistants32170
WashingtonMedical Assistants35910
IndianaMedical Assistants28990
MichiganMedical Assistants29080
OhioMedical Assistants28600
IllinoisMedical Assistants30800
FloridaMedical Assistants29530
PennsylvaniaMedical Assistants29490
New YorkMedical Assistants33690
TexasMedical Assistants28350
CaliforniaMedical Assistants33850
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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 associate 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 Bachelor’s degree.


Sources:
Radiologic and MRI Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012,
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-1
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
https://www.arrt.org/Certification
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
https://www.arrt.org/Certification/Academic-Degree-Requirement
American Society of Radiologic Technologists
http://www.asrt.org/main/standards-regulations/state-legislative-affairs/states-with-licensure-or-certification-laws

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