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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 Technologists520807210096570
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians281105433084940
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers469306753093850
Radiologic Technologists376105587080080
*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 Technologists19340041,50020.8
*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
WyomingRadiologic Technologists50980
DelawareRadiologic Technologists57730
AlaskaRadiologic Technologists69110
VermontRadiologic Technologists55590
Rhode IslandRadiologic Technologists66730
South DakotaRadiologic Technologists45720
North DakotaRadiologic Technologists47750
HawaiiRadiologic Technologists69250
MontanaRadiologic Technologists51280
New HampshireRadiologic Technologists61260
MaineRadiologic Technologists55950
West VirginiaRadiologic Technologists45390
IdahoRadiologic Technologists50430
NebraskaRadiologic Technologists49250
NevadaRadiologic Technologists62460
New MexicoRadiologic Technologists56760
MississippiRadiologic Technologists45900
ConnecticutRadiologic Technologists63380
ArkansasRadiologic Technologists45060
KansasRadiologic Technologists48110
UtahRadiologic Technologists51230
South CarolinaRadiologic Technologists47800
IowaRadiologic Technologists47570
OklahomaRadiologic Technologists49400
OregonRadiologic Technologists65600
KentuckyRadiologic Technologists49410
MassachusettsRadiologic Technologists69410
AlabamaRadiologic Technologists45290
LouisianaRadiologic Technologists47240
MarylandRadiologic Technologists62830
ArizonaRadiologic Technologists59860
North CarolinaRadiologic Technologists54040
ColoradoRadiologic Technologists58980
GeorgiaRadiologic Technologists50790
MissouriRadiologic Technologists50070
New JerseyRadiologic Technologists65370
TennesseeRadiologic Technologists48850
MinnesotaRadiologic Technologists62960
WisconsinRadiologic Technologists54040
VirginiaRadiologic Technologists55860
WashingtonRadiologic Technologists66920
MichiganRadiologic Technologists52440
IndianaRadiologic Technologists52400
OhioRadiologic Technologists52870
FloridaRadiologic Technologists50200
PennsylvaniaRadiologic Technologists53030
IllinoisRadiologic Technologists59040
New YorkRadiologic Technologists66250
CaliforniaRadiologic Technologists72690
TexasRadiologic Technologists54160
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
WyomingDiagnostic Medical Sonographers69860
DelawareDiagnostic Medical Sonographers69560
AlaskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers84880
VermontDiagnostic Medical Sonographers71280
Rhode IslandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers72440
South DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers55440
North DakotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers64770
HawaiiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75280
MontanaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers69470
New HampshireDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75530
MaineDiagnostic Medical Sonographers71000
West VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers54890
IdahoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61980
NebraskaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61410
NevadaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers74700
New MexicoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers66650
MississippiDiagnostic Medical Sonographers56520
ConnecticutDiagnostic Medical Sonographers75630
ArkansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers54450
KansasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers66810
UtahDiagnostic Medical Sonographers71240
South CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers57910
IowaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60320
OklahomaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers64960
OregonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers87150
KentuckyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers58270
MassachusettsDiagnostic Medical Sonographers80460
AlabamaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers51930
LouisianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers56560
MarylandDiagnostic Medical Sonographers72710
ArizonaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers80370
North CarolinaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers64490
ColoradoDiagnostic Medical Sonographers77690
GeorgiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60760
MissouriDiagnostic Medical Sonographers67220
New JerseyDiagnostic Medical Sonographers71540
TennesseeDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60620
MinnesotaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers74870
WisconsinDiagnostic Medical Sonographers78610
VirginiaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers70940
WashingtonDiagnostic Medical Sonographers83350
MichiganDiagnostic Medical Sonographers59440
IndianaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers63030
OhioDiagnostic Medical Sonographers61770
FloridaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60530
PennsylvaniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers60400
IllinoisDiagnostic Medical Sonographers73570
New YorkDiagnostic Medical Sonographers67520
CaliforniaDiagnostic Medical Sonographers89760
TexasDiagnostic Medical Sonographers65860
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

RegionCareerAnnual Median Wage
WyomingMedical Assistants30490
DelawareMedical Assistants31200
AlaskaMedical Assistants38980
VermontMedical Assistants33170
Rhode IslandMedical Assistants32450
South DakotaMedical Assistants27570
North DakotaMedical Assistants31670
HawaiiMedical Assistants33180
MontanaMedical Assistants30500
New HampshireMedical Assistants32620
MaineMedical Assistants30550
West VirginiaMedical Assistants24810
IdahoMedical Assistants29330
NebraskaMedical Assistants29170
NevadaMedical Assistants30890
New MexicoMedical Assistants27740
MississippiMedical Assistants26060
ConnecticutMedical Assistants34000
ArkansasMedical Assistants27130
KansasMedical Assistants27570
UtahMedical Assistants28450
South CarolinaMedical Assistants28120
IowaMedical Assistants29290
OklahomaMedical Assistants27310
OregonMedical Assistants34300
KentuckyMedical Assistants27550
MassachusettsMedical Assistants36000
AlabamaMedical Assistants25140
LouisianaMedical Assistants26360
MarylandMedical Assistants31980
ArizonaMedical Assistants30490
North CarolinaMedical Assistants29360
ColoradoMedical Assistants32390
GeorgiaMedical Assistants28410
MissouriMedical Assistants27890
New JerseyMedical Assistants32600
TennesseeMedical Assistants28050
MinnesotaMedical Assistants34130
WisconsinMedical Assistants31940
VirginiaMedical Assistants30300
WashingtonMedical Assistants35280
MichiganMedical Assistants28530
IndianaMedical Assistants28460
OhioMedical Assistants28020
FloridaMedical Assistants28740
PennsylvaniaMedical Assistants28820
IllinoisMedical Assistants30320
New YorkMedical Assistants32780
CaliforniaMedical Assistants33360
TexasMedical Assistants27680
*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.


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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