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Radiologic Technologist 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.

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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.

Radiologic Technologist Salary At A Glance

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries for radiologic technologists 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. Check out the chart below to see potential salary ranges:

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

Factors that Affect Radiologic Technologist Salaries

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

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.

FAQ for Radiology & Medical Imaging Workers

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 BLS 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 health care programs or jobs to be sure this is for me?

If you want to ease into the health care 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 health care 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 and 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 health care 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
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians$28,420$54,880$87,170
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$48,720$68,970$97,390
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$52,950$73,360$100,080
Radiologic Technologists$38,110$56,670$81,660
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Growth for Radiology Technicians

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 Number of New JobsProjected Job Growth Rate
Radiologic Technologists195,59017,2008.7
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
AlabamaRadiologic Technologists$46,360
AlaskaRadiologic Technologists$70,070
ArizonaRadiologic Technologists$60,950
ArkansasRadiologic Technologists$46,090
CaliforniaRadiologic Technologists$74,980
ColoradoRadiologic Technologists$60,800
ConnecticutRadiologic Technologists$63,070
DelawareRadiologic Technologists$58,750
FloridaRadiologic Technologists$51,310
GeorgiaRadiologic Technologists$50,440
HawaiiRadiologic Technologists$69,860
IdahoRadiologic Technologists$50,850
IllinoisRadiologic Technologists$59,490
IndianaRadiologic Technologists$53,150
IowaRadiologic Technologists$48,800
KansasRadiologic Technologists$49,950
KentuckyRadiologic Technologists$49,210
LouisianaRadiologic Technologists$46,950
MaineRadiologic Technologists$55,630
MarylandRadiologic Technologists$63,530
MassachusettsRadiologic Technologists$70,650
MichiganRadiologic Technologists$52,530
MinnesotaRadiologic Technologists$62,870
MississippiRadiologic Technologists$46,030
MissouriRadiologic Technologists$50,320
MontanaRadiologic Technologists$51,350
NebraskaRadiologic Technologists$52,510
NevadaRadiologic Technologists$66,420
New HampshireRadiologic Technologists$62,030
New JerseyRadiologic Technologists$65,010
New MexicoRadiologic Technologists$57,590
New YorkRadiologic Technologists$66,460
North CarolinaRadiologic Technologists$54,490
North DakotaRadiologic Technologists$49,100
OhioRadiologic Technologists$53,120
OklahomaRadiologic Technologists$49,920
OregonRadiologic Technologists$66,420
PennsylvaniaRadiologic Technologists$54,970
Rhode IslandRadiologic Technologists$67,130
South CarolinaRadiologic Technologists$48,700
South DakotaRadiologic Technologists$47,590
TennesseeRadiologic Technologists$49,640
TexasRadiologic Technologists$55,430
UtahRadiologic Technologists$53,000
VermontRadiologic Technologists$57,330
VirginiaRadiologic Technologists$55,820
WashingtonRadiologic Technologists$65,820
West VirginiaRadiologic Technologists$45,820
WisconsinRadiologic Technologists$55,520
WyomingRadiologic Technologists$50,080
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
AlabamaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$54,660
AlaskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$82,880
ArizonaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$83,030
ArkansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$58,470
CaliforniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$96,480
ColoradoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$79,850
ConnecticutDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$74,710
DelawareDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$71,640
FloridaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,850
GeorgiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,070
HawaiiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$79,890
IdahoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$67,380
IllinoisDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,490
IndianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63,750
IowaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,460
KansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66,100
KentuckyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$60,030
LouisianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$58,420
MaineDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73,680
MarylandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$72,810
MassachusettsDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$83,460
MichiganDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$59,710
MinnesotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,330
MississippiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,050
MissouriDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66,290
MontanaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,350
NebraskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63,450
NevadaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,760
New HampshireDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$76,760
New JerseyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73,300
New MexicoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$65,340
New YorkDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,190
North CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$64,370
North DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66,590
OhioDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$62,650
OklahomaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$65,060
OregonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$87,960
PennsylvaniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63,300
Rhode IslandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$70,450
South CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$59,630
South DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$60,600
TennesseeDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$59,430
TexasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$68,240
UtahDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73,610
VermontDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$72,340
VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,850
WashingtonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$85,630
West VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$56,340
WisconsinDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,860
WyomingDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,840
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
AlabamaMedical Assistants$25,830
AlaskaMedical Assistants$38,320
ArizonaMedical Assistants$30,440
ArkansasMedical Assistants$27,710
CaliforniaMedical Assistants$33,850
ColoradoMedical Assistants$32,780
ConnecticutMedical Assistants$34,190
DelawareMedical Assistants$30,650
FloridaMedical Assistants$29,530
GeorgiaMedical Assistants$29,220
HawaiiMedical Assistants$33,620
IdahoMedical Assistants$29,470
IllinoisMedical Assistants$30,800
IndianaMedical Assistants$28,990
IowaMedical Assistants$30,180
KansasMedical Assistants$28,550
KentuckyMedical Assistants$28,350
LouisianaMedical Assistants$26,630
MaineMedical Assistants$31,230
MarylandMedical Assistants$33,170
MassachusettsMedical Assistants$36,560
MichiganMedical Assistants$29,080
MinnesotaMedical Assistants$35,920
MississippiMedical Assistants$27,570
MissouriMedical Assistants$28,470
MontanaMedical Assistants$30,580
NebraskaMedical Assistants$29,620
NevadaMedical Assistants$30,730
New HampshireMedical Assistants$33,290
New JerseyMedical Assistants$33,690
New MexicoMedical Assistants$28,230
New YorkMedical Assistants$33,690
North CarolinaMedical Assistants$29,830
North DakotaMedical Assistants$32,530
OhioMedical Assistants$28,600
OklahomaMedical Assistants$28,160
OregonMedical Assistants$34,840
PennsylvaniaMedical Assistants$29,490
Rhode IslandMedical Assistants$33,240
South CarolinaMedical Assistants$28,310
South DakotaMedical Assistants$28,230
TennesseeMedical Assistants$28,840
TexasMedical Assistants$28,350
UtahMedical Assistants$29,080
VermontMedical Assistants$33,990
VirginiaMedical Assistants$30,400
WashingtonMedical Assistants$35,910
West VirginiaMedical Assistants$25,080
WisconsinMedical Assistants$32,170
WyomingMedical Assistants$30,130
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:

  1. Radiologic and MRI Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Radiologic-technologists.htm#tab-1
  2. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, https://www.arrt.org/Certification

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