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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.

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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.

Radiology Tech Salary At A Glance

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2013) the median annual wage for radiology technicians during 2013 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.

*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (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.

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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 Technologists514107112094250
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians278105321082920
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers458406641092070
Radiologic Technologists375705520078440
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (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 Technologists19400041,50020
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (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 Technologists58880
AlaskaRadiologic Technologists69150
HawaiiRadiologic Technologists67260
MontanaRadiologic Technologists49620
MaineRadiologic Technologists55090
IdahoRadiologic Technologists50770
ConnecticutRadiologic Technologists62940
MississippiRadiologic Technologists45060
KansasRadiologic Technologists47590
IowaRadiologic Technologists47330
LouisianaRadiologic Technologists48650
AlabamaRadiologic Technologists44750
KentuckyRadiologic Technologists47520
MassachusettsRadiologic Technologists68620
MarylandRadiologic Technologists64800
ColoradoRadiologic Technologists57930
MinnesotaRadiologic Technologists60620
GeorgiaRadiologic Technologists51300
MissouriRadiologic Technologists49880
IndianaRadiologic Technologists51850
MichiganRadiologic Technologists51500
FloridaRadiologic Technologists50310
IllinoisRadiologic Technologists57200
WyomingRadiologic Technologists51730
VermontRadiologic Technologists55970
Rhode IslandRadiologic Technologists68390
South DakotaRadiologic Technologists45330
North DakotaRadiologic Technologists46300
NebraskaRadiologic Technologists48270
New HampshireRadiologic Technologists59920
CaliforniaRadiologic Technologists70610
NevadaRadiologic Technologists62970
West VirginiaRadiologic Technologists45090
New MexicoRadiologic Technologists55510
UtahRadiologic Technologists50570
ArizonaRadiologic Technologists58670
ArkansasRadiologic Technologists45150
South CarolinaRadiologic Technologists48630
OklahomaRadiologic Technologists49030
OregonRadiologic Technologists64230
New JerseyRadiologic Technologists64910
North CarolinaRadiologic Technologists52690
WisconsinRadiologic Technologists53520
VirginiaRadiologic Technologists54740
TennesseeRadiologic Technologists48650
WashingtonRadiologic Technologists65050
OhioRadiologic Technologists52320
New YorkRadiologic Technologists65960
PennsylvaniaRadiologic Technologists53070
TexasRadiologic Technologists53210
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
DelawareDiagnostic Medical Sonographers67300
AlaskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers82420
HawaiiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers78170
MontanaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers69490
MaineDiagnostic Medical Sonographers72240
IdahoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers62090
ConnecticutDiagnostic Medical Sonographers77950
MississippiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers57200
KansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers64130
IowaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers58150
LouisianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers57230
AlabamaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers49760
KentuckyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers57370
MassachusettsDiagnostic Medical Sonographers80510
MarylandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers72940
ColoradoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75910
MinnesotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers73500
GeorgiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers59600
MissouriDiagnostic Medical Sonographers66690
IndianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers63380
MichiganDiagnostic Medical Sonographers58330
FloridaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60290
IllinoisDiagnostic Medical Sonographers68920
WyomingDiagnostic Medical Sonographers67080
VermontDiagnostic Medical Sonographers70590
Rhode IslandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers79990
South DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers53540
North DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers62670
NebraskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61080
New HampshireDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75120
CaliforniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers86010
NevadaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers71710
West VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers54080
New MexicoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers68090
UtahDiagnostic Medical Sonographers67770
ArizonaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers78760
ArkansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers55980
South CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers56850
OklahomaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers64200
OregonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers84780
New JerseyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers68330
North CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers63420
WisconsinDiagnostic Medical Sonographers79280
VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers70300
TennesseeDiagnostic Medical Sonographers59950
WashingtonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers81180
OhioDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60070
New YorkDiagnostic Medical Sonographers66970
PennsylvaniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers57920
TexasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers65580
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
DelawareMedical Assistants32250
AlaskaMedical Assistants38690
HawaiiMedical Assistants32570
MontanaMedical Assistants30700
MaineMedical Assistants30550
IdahoMedical Assistants29150
ConnecticutMedical Assistants33210
MississippiMedical Assistants25180
KansasMedical Assistants27190
IowaMedical Assistants29170
LouisianaMedical Assistants26610
AlabamaMedical Assistants24740
KentuckyMedical Assistants27290
MassachusettsMedical Assistants35700
MarylandMedical Assistants31830
ColoradoMedical Assistants32190
MinnesotaMedical Assistants33240
GeorgiaMedical Assistants28180
MissouriMedical Assistants27370
IndianaMedical Assistants27810
MichiganMedical Assistants28030
FloridaMedical Assistants28180
IllinoisMedical Assistants29820
WyomingMedical Assistants31060
VermontMedical Assistants32390
Rhode IslandMedical Assistants31940
South DakotaMedical Assistants27290
North DakotaMedical Assistants31790
NebraskaMedical Assistants28670
New HampshireMedical Assistants31830
CaliforniaMedical Assistants32690
NevadaMedical Assistants30880
West VirginiaMedical Assistants24470
New MexicoMedical Assistants27530
UtahMedical Assistants27930
ArizonaMedical Assistants30670
ArkansasMedical Assistants26540
South CarolinaMedical Assistants28280
OklahomaMedical Assistants25150
OregonMedical Assistants33770
New JerseyMedical Assistants31410
North CarolinaMedical Assistants28860
WisconsinMedical Assistants31350
VirginiaMedical Assistants30400
TennesseeMedical Assistants27770
WashingtonMedical Assistants34960
OhioMedical Assistants27980
New YorkMedical Assistants32090
PennsylvaniaMedical Assistants28840
TexasMedical Assistants27460
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (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.

Radiologic and MRI Technologists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012,
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
American Society of Radiologic Technologists

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