The average salary of radiologist in US is $370,848.
A radiologist is a medical specialist who is trained to interpret medical images, such as X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds. In addition, they also perform other traditional physician tasks, like examining patients, diagnosing illnesses, prescribing treatments and taking a patient’s medical history. Because of their specialized training, radiologists earn even higher salaries than the average physician.
Median radiology salary
- $370,848 per year
- $178 per hour
It’s important not to confuse median salary with mean salary. This is not the average salary, but rather the middle range. In this case, radiologists earn a median salary of $370,848 per year, or $178 per hour.
Salary range for middle 50% of radiologists
- $321,909 – $430,011
- $155 – $207 per hour
To determine the salary range for the middle 50% of radiologists, the highest and lowest paid 25% of workers is eliminated. This provides a representative range for the average radiologist, which in this case, equates to $321,909 to $430,011 per year, or $155 to $207 per hour.
Lowest and highest salary
- Lowest – $277,353 ($133/hour)
- Highest – $483,877 ($233/hour)
Radiologists in the bottom 10% are just beginning their careers, or working in a region with moderate to low demand for their skills. Radiologists who fall into this percentile will earn as little as $277,353 ($133 per hour). Their experienced and highly skilled counterparts will earn as much as $483,877 annually, or $233 per hour. Workers who fall into this category are in the top 10th percentile.
The total salary package
Along with their annual salary, radiologists will typically receive health insurance benefits, retirement benefits, pension and paid time off. These additional benefits can boost the median radiologist salary to $482,677.
Cities with the highest paid radiologists
- Radiologists in New York City, New York are paid $437,267 per year.
- Radiologists in Washington, D.C. make $409,416 annually.
- Radiologists in Los Angeles, California earn $406,598 each year.
- Radiologists in Boston, Massachusetts earn an annual median salary of $400,516.
States with the highest paid radiologists
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide the states where radiologists are paid the most. According to the city data that is provided, the following states may offer higher salaries:
- New York
- District of Colombia
Factors affecting radiology salaries
There are numerous factors that affect a radiologist’s salary. Just like any other medical professional, experience, training and expertise will have a major impact on how much (or how little) a radiologist earns. Those with many years of experience will earn a salary that fits into the top 10th percentile.
According to Salary.com, the vast majority of radiologists (roughly 86%) work in the healthcare industry. Only a small percentage work in the biotechnology field or the education/government/non-profit sector. Radiologists in the healthcare field will earn higher wages as their expertise and skill are valuable and in high demand.
Location also plays a role in the salary a radiologist earns. Cost of living, demand and quality of healthcare will vary from one city to the next and have an effect on how much a radiologist earns.
Those who work in New York City, for example, will earn the highest salary in the country simply because the city is well-known for having some of the best healthcare facilities in the United States. Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. offer similar salaries due to the level of healthcare and higher cost of living in these areas. Alternatively, radiologists in Jacksonville, FL only earn a median salary of $346,557, which is lower than the national median salary.
The occupational outlook for radiologists is excellent. According to the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for physicians and surgeons (which is the category radiologists fall under) will increase 18% between 2012 and 2022.
Training and certification requirements for radiologists
Radiologists must go through extensive educational training in order to enter this field. A doctorate degree as well as specialized training are required.
Careers in radiology begin just like any other medical career: with a pre-medical degree. This is a Bachelor of Science degree that fulfills the prerequisite for admission into medical school. Classes will vary from one school to another, but a typical pre-med curriculum includes biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry. Courses related to radiation and physics are especially beneficial for radiologists.
From here, budding radiologists must enter medical school. It may be beneficial to attend a university that is associated with a hospital that has a reputable radiology department. Courses will include human anatomy, medical ethics, pharmacology, physiology, microbiology and other related courses.
After graduating from medical school, students will enter a specialized residency program. Radiologists will spend their first year in an internship practicing general medicine. Next, they will take a national licensing exam. Some states will also have additional requirements. To become a certified radiologist through the American Board of Radiologists, the exam must be taken within six years of completing a residency. After becoming a board-certified radiologist, this certification must be maintained through continuing education and earning a certain number of credits each year.
International Radiologist Salaries
£76,056 – £129,033 in the U.K.
C$30,201 – C$199,553 in Canada
AU$60,000 – AU$196,527 in Australia