Radiologic Technician Salary

In the United States, radiologic technicians generally receive good salaries with excellent job security and opportunities for growth. The setting in which the radiologic technician works, however, can make a huge difference at both the higher and lower ranges of the income scale.

Ranges of Radiologic Technician Salaries in the USA

In the United States, about one in ten radiologic technicians makes $35,000 a year or less. About one in  technicians makes $75,000 a year or more. The lowest paid radiologic technicians work in doctor’s offices in small towns and rural areas. The best paid radiologic technicians work in specialty diagnostic clinics, usually in metropolitan areas. But there are also variations between the extremes. On a national average:

  • Doctor offices pay $48,000 a year.
  • Out-patient care centers pay $50,840 a year.
  • Hospitals pay $52,890 a year.
  • Federal hospitals pay $53,650 a year.

Some locations, however, may pay a lot less or a lot more than the national averages. Here is a chart compiled from US Department of Labor Data telling the average annual earnings, average annual earnings for the lowest paid 10 per cent of workers, average annual earnings for the highest paid 10 per cent of workers, and how many jobs are available in each state in the United States. As you can see, location makes a big difference in future earnings.

State Jobs Average Wage Lowest 10% of earners Highest 10% of earners
Alabama 3360 44730 30480 62290
Alaska 440 61610 45620 81440
Arizona 4810 52510 30690 73580
Arkansas 1920 44380 31300 61280
California 15870 62590 37210 89780
Colorado 3000 56410 38250 77960
Connecticut 2830 60730 44000 81360
Delaware 910 59460 42970 80900
District of Columbia 670 63270 42250 87710
Florida 13770 51180 35770 67720
Georgia 5940 49950 33440 67200
Guam 70 33490 20850 50550
Hawaii 770 63470 49120 80440
Idaho 840 49850 36990 65270
Illinois 7470 56070 36120 79330
Indiana 4900 50630 36320 66060
Iowa 2560 45720 32870 61440
Kansas 2210 46190 31570 63050
Kentucky 4090 45840 33620 61750
Louisiana 3180 47740 33570 63720
Maine 1200 53710 41140 68680
Maryland 4270 65820 45070 88470
Massachusetts 6290 68530 44970 94300
Michigan 6860 49480 34830 64850
Minnesota 4340 57520 39630 76700
Mississippi 2170 44940 30150 61550
Missouri 5690 49110 33160 66880
Montana 690 50150 33890 67070
Nebraska 1510 47730 33110 65540
Nevada 1160 66420 47500 90380
New Hampshire 990 57750 43680 73440
New Jersey 6700 62840 47380 81480
New Mexico 740 54290 37840 72480
New York 13360 61250 43800 81240
North Carolina 7470 52650 37010 69740
North Dakota 510 45060 32890 60810
Ohio 10060 49740 37440 63830
Oklahoma 2300 45020 30470 62870
Oregon 2250 60000 42320 80000
Pennsylvania 10780 51030 32540 70550
Puerto Rico 1410 25780 16090 38090
Rhode Island 1030 60840 45660 80060
South Carolina 3210 50470 33350 65800
South Dakota 1000 44970 31740 60610
Tennessee 5900 48960 33800 65490
Texas 14680 52510 35500 71560
Utah 1430 46200 29360 65160
Vermont 460 53900 37430 73170
Virginia 5150 55300 37360 77140
Washington 4300 60980 41530 82350
West Virginia 2020 41400 26410 58010
Wisconsin 5120 52760 40200 67420
Wyoming 380 48120 35010 64620

 

Radiology Technician Salary by Region

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the United States Department of Labor, the average radiology technician salary was $52,000 as of 2008. Although that is the latest official economic data the fact that it is three years old means that wages have probably increased around 6% nationwide.

Radiology technicians are also referred to as radiographers and radiologist technicians. Their main duties are to perform diagnostic imaging tests on patients for diagnostic purposes. The vast majority of radiology techs work in hospitals (60%) while the rest work in doctor’s offices and clinics.

Most radiology technologists have a two year associate’s degree. Only 17% of active radiology techs have bachelor’s degrees but that number is expected to increase as the profession becomes more technical resulting in the need for more advanced post secondary programs.

Radiology technician salary varies by region. The following data shows the regions with the highest salaries:

  • Pacific (AK, WA, OR, CA, HI) $74,200
  • New England (ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT)   $69,000
  • Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) $62,000
  • South Atlantic (DE, MD, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, Fl, WADC) $61,000
  • Radiology technician salary earnings can be increased through specializations in specific tests or patient populations. Additional certifications can add thousands to a technologist’s yearly salary as well as make them more marketable. Rad techs can also choose to return to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree since the majority of techs possess associate’s degrees. Earning a bachelor’s degree often leads to a position in health care administration where the individual no longer works with patients but manages departments.

In addition to further training The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers voluntary certification for radiologic technologists which may result in a slightly higher salary. Once certified, the radiology technician must complete 24 hours of continuing education/training to hold onto their certification.

For people interested in becoming a radiology technician it is important to note that many work non-traditional hours especially when first starting out in their career. As with many other health care workers, they work shifts that include swing and graveyard. Many are also required to be on call a portion of the time.

Despite the rigorous training and long hours a career as a radiology technician remains a popular choice. As you can see, a radiology technician salary is one of the highest for people who have an associate’s degree.