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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$28,650$55,570$89,450
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$48,660$69,650$99,100
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$53,440$74,350$101,850
Radiologic Technologists$38,660$57,450$82,590
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 Technologists200,65017,2008.7
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$46,600
AlaskaRadiologic Technologists$67,460
ArizonaRadiologic Technologists$62,920
ArkansasRadiologic Technologists$46,550
CaliforniaRadiologic Technologists$75,230
ColoradoRadiologic Technologists$62,500
ConnecticutRadiologic Technologists$64,810
DelawareRadiologic Technologists$59,460
FloridaRadiologic Technologists$53,080
GeorgiaRadiologic Technologists$51,100
HawaiiRadiologic Technologists$68,510
IdahoRadiologic Technologists$52,570
IllinoisRadiologic Technologists$61,530
IndianaRadiologic Technologists$53,920
IowaRadiologic Technologists$49,800
KansasRadiologic Technologists$50,540
KentuckyRadiologic Technologists$49,970
LouisianaRadiologic Technologists$47,520
MaineRadiologic Technologists$57,350
MarylandRadiologic Technologists$64,780
MassachusettsRadiologic Technologists$69,490
MichiganRadiologic Technologists$52,680
MinnesotaRadiologic Technologists$63,510
MississippiRadiologic Technologists$46,620
MissouriRadiologic Technologists$51,940
MontanaRadiologic Technologists$53,170
NebraskaRadiologic Technologists$51,740
NevadaRadiologic Technologists$67,590
New HampshireRadiologic Technologists$60,390
New JerseyRadiologic Technologists$64,710
New MexicoRadiologic Technologists$57,700
New YorkRadiologic Technologists$67,060
North CarolinaRadiologic Technologists$55,870
North DakotaRadiologic Technologists$51,410
OhioRadiologic Technologists$53,460
OklahomaRadiologic Technologists$50,380
OregonRadiologic Technologists$68,970
PennsylvaniaRadiologic Technologists$55,360
Rhode IslandRadiologic Technologists$64,160
South CarolinaRadiologic Technologists$50,420
South DakotaRadiologic Technologists$48,580
TennesseeRadiologic Technologists$49,790
TexasRadiologic Technologists$55,500
UtahRadiologic Technologists$54,130
VermontRadiologic Technologists$57,930
VirginiaRadiologic Technologists$57,620
WashingtonRadiologic Technologists$67,170
West VirginiaRadiologic Technologists$46,430
WisconsinRadiologic Technologists$56,450
WyomingRadiologic Technologists$53,860
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
AlabamaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$54,860
AlaskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$85,710
ArizonaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$80,030
ArkansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,070
CaliforniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$93,600
ColoradoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$81,030
ConnecticutDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,870
DelawareDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$72,880
FloridaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,920
GeorgiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$62,230
HawaiiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$77,260
IdahoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$70,710
IllinoisDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,650
IndianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$65,170
IowaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$62,710
KansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$68,750
KentuckyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61,960
LouisianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$55,060
MaineDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$70,830
MarylandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$72,180
MassachusettsDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$82,510
MichiganDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$60,800
MinnesotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$77,140
MississippiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$62,200
MissouriDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$65,540
MontanaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$70,950
NebraskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$65,450
NevadaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73,070
New HampshireDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$76,210
New JerseyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73,410
New MexicoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66,930
New YorkDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$71,660
North CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63,860
North DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,190
OhioDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$62,090
OklahomaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66,350
OregonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$87,420
PennsylvaniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$64,390
Rhode IslandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,560
South CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$62,180
South DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$58,940
TennesseeDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$59,770
TexasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,920
UtahDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,950
VermontDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73,880
VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$70,200
WashingtonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$87,610
West VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$57,570
WisconsinDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75,590
WyomingDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63,630
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
AlabamaMedical Assistants$26,650
AlaskaMedical Assistants$40,320
ArizonaMedical Assistants$31,000
ArkansasMedical Assistants$28,360
CaliforniaMedical Assistants$34,640
ColoradoMedical Assistants$34,010
ConnecticutMedical Assistants$34,730
DelawareMedical Assistants$31,110
FloridaMedical Assistants$30,340
GeorgiaMedical Assistants$30,040
HawaiiMedical Assistants$35,480
IdahoMedical Assistants$30,480
IllinoisMedical Assistants$31,900
IndianaMedical Assistants$29,880
IowaMedical Assistants$32,050
KansasMedical Assistants$28,800
KentuckyMedical Assistants$29,180
LouisianaMedical Assistants$26,800
MaineMedical Assistants$32,500
MarylandMedical Assistants$33,810
MassachusettsMedical Assistants$37,420
MichiganMedical Assistants$29,850
MinnesotaMedical Assistants$37,210
MississippiMedical Assistants$28,170
MissouriMedical Assistants$30,010
MontanaMedical Assistants$31,240
NebraskaMedical Assistants$30,590
NevadaMedical Assistants$31,760
New HampshireMedical Assistants$34,530
New JerseyMedical Assistants$34,750
New MexicoMedical Assistants$28,630
New YorkMedical Assistants$34,970
North CarolinaMedical Assistants$30,910
North DakotaMedical Assistants$34,140
OhioMedical Assistants$29,250
OklahomaMedical Assistants$28,910
OregonMedical Assistants$35,930
PennsylvaniaMedical Assistants$30,200
Rhode IslandMedical Assistants$34,200
South CarolinaMedical Assistants$29,410
South DakotaMedical Assistants$28,560
TennesseeMedical Assistants$29,500
TexasMedical Assistants$29,600
UtahMedical Assistants$30,110
VermontMedical Assistants$34,940
VirginiaMedical Assistants$31,030
WashingtonMedical Assistants$37,430
West VirginiaMedical Assistants$25,560
WisconsinMedical Assistants$34,000
WyomingMedical Assistants$31,790
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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