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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$28420$54880$87170
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$48720$68970$97390
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$52950$73360$100080
Radiologic Technologists$38110$56670$81660
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 Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Radiologic Technologists195590172008.7
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$46360
AlaskaRadiologic Technologists$70070
ArizonaRadiologic Technologists$60950
ArkansasRadiologic Technologists$46090
CaliforniaRadiologic Technologists$74980
ColoradoRadiologic Technologists$60800
ConnecticutRadiologic Technologists$63070
DelawareRadiologic Technologists$58750
FloridaRadiologic Technologists$51310
GeorgiaRadiologic Technologists$50440
HawaiiRadiologic Technologists$69860
IdahoRadiologic Technologists$50850
IllinoisRadiologic Technologists$59490
IndianaRadiologic Technologists$53150
IowaRadiologic Technologists$48800
KansasRadiologic Technologists$49950
KentuckyRadiologic Technologists$49210
LouisianaRadiologic Technologists$46950
MaineRadiologic Technologists$55630
MarylandRadiologic Technologists$63530
MassachusettsRadiologic Technologists$70650
MichiganRadiologic Technologists$52530
MinnesotaRadiologic Technologists$62870
MississippiRadiologic Technologists$46030
MissouriRadiologic Technologists$50320
MontanaRadiologic Technologists$51350
NebraskaRadiologic Technologists$52510
NevadaRadiologic Technologists$66420
New HampshireRadiologic Technologists$62030
New JerseyRadiologic Technologists$65010
New MexicoRadiologic Technologists$57590
New YorkRadiologic Technologists$66460
North CarolinaRadiologic Technologists$54490
North DakotaRadiologic Technologists$49100
OhioRadiologic Technologists$53120
OklahomaRadiologic Technologists$49920
OregonRadiologic Technologists$66420
PennsylvaniaRadiologic Technologists$54970
Rhode IslandRadiologic Technologists$67130
South CarolinaRadiologic Technologists$48700
South DakotaRadiologic Technologists$47590
TennesseeRadiologic Technologists$49640
TexasRadiologic Technologists$55430
UtahRadiologic Technologists$53000
VermontRadiologic Technologists$57330
VirginiaRadiologic Technologists$55820
WashingtonRadiologic Technologists$65820
West VirginiaRadiologic Technologists$45820
WisconsinRadiologic Technologists$55520
WyomingRadiologic Technologists$50080
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
AlabamaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$54660
AlaskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$82880
ArizonaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$83030
ArkansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$58470
CaliforniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$96480
ColoradoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$79850
ConnecticutDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$74710
DelawareDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$71640
FloridaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61850
GeorgiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61070
HawaiiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$79890
IdahoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$67380
IllinoisDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75490
IndianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63750
IowaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61460
KansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66100
KentuckyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$60030
LouisianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$58420
MaineDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73680
MarylandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$72810
MassachusettsDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$83460
MichiganDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$59710
MinnesotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75330
MississippiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61050
MissouriDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66290
MontanaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69350
NebraskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63450
NevadaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75760
New HampshireDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$76760
New JerseyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73300
New MexicoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$65340
New YorkDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69190
North CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$64370
North DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$66590
OhioDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$62650
OklahomaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$65060
OregonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$87960
PennsylvaniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$63300
Rhode IslandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$70450
South CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$59630
South DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$60600
TennesseeDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$59430
TexasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$68240
UtahDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$73610
VermontDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$72340
VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$69850
WashingtonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$85630
West VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$56340
WisconsinDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$75860
WyomingDiagnostic Medical Sonographers$61840
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
AlabamaMedical Assistants$25830
AlaskaMedical Assistants$38320
ArizonaMedical Assistants$30440
ArkansasMedical Assistants$27710
CaliforniaMedical Assistants$33850
ColoradoMedical Assistants$32780
ConnecticutMedical Assistants$34190
DelawareMedical Assistants$30650
FloridaMedical Assistants$29530
GeorgiaMedical Assistants$29220
HawaiiMedical Assistants$33620
IdahoMedical Assistants$29470
IllinoisMedical Assistants$30800
IndianaMedical Assistants$28990
IowaMedical Assistants$30180
KansasMedical Assistants$28550
KentuckyMedical Assistants$28350
LouisianaMedical Assistants$26630
MaineMedical Assistants$31230
MarylandMedical Assistants$33170
MassachusettsMedical Assistants$36560
MichiganMedical Assistants$29080
MinnesotaMedical Assistants$35920
MississippiMedical Assistants$27570
MissouriMedical Assistants$28470
MontanaMedical Assistants$30580
NebraskaMedical Assistants$29620
NevadaMedical Assistants$30730
New HampshireMedical Assistants$33290
New JerseyMedical Assistants$33690
New MexicoMedical Assistants$28230
New YorkMedical Assistants$33690
North CarolinaMedical Assistants$29830
North DakotaMedical Assistants$32530
OhioMedical Assistants$28600
OklahomaMedical Assistants$28160
OregonMedical Assistants$34840
PennsylvaniaMedical Assistants$29490
Rhode IslandMedical Assistants$33240
South CarolinaMedical Assistants$28310
South DakotaMedical Assistants$28230
TennesseeMedical Assistants$28840
TexasMedical Assistants$28350
UtahMedical Assistants$29080
VermontMedical Assistants$33990
VirginiaMedical Assistants$30400
WashingtonMedical Assistants$35910
West VirginiaMedical Assistants$25080
WisconsinMedical Assistants$32170
WyomingMedical Assistants$30130
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.


  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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