Medical Imaging Technologist Salary in 2018

Medical Specialties Salaries

The Average Salary 

The average salary of medical imaging in US is $67,830..

Medical imaging is a field with a variety of possibilities. Imaging specialists will use equipment to take internal images of a person’s body. Organs and internal injuries can be examined using imaging. This field is broad and include radiology, endoscopy, ultrasonography and various other specializations..

  • Median Medical Imaging Salary
  • Lowest and Highest Salary
  • Salary Range for Middle 50%





Average $67,830



Average $67,830







The middle 50% salary range for medical imaging technologists does not take into account the top and bottom 25% of earners. When this data is removed, prospective medical imaging technologists are left with a more accurate picture of the salary range they can expect to earn after working in the field for a year.

The Total Salary Package

Base Salary represents 71% : 

Benefits and bonuses includes : 

Retirement Accounts

Disability Insurance

Time Off

Social Security

Other Perks


A total salary package in the medical imaging field is $95,830. This figure is derived from the median salary plus social security, 401K, disability, healthcare, pension and time off. These figures will vary greatly depending on the person’s base salary, but on average, a person’s base salary is only 71% of what their total salary package is after calculations.

Cities with the highest paying medical imaging

CitiesAnnual Salary
Medical Imaging Salary in San Jose, California$113,080
Medical Imaging Salary in San Francisco, California$112,740
Medical Imaging Salary in Santa Cruz, California$112,280
Medical Imaging Salary in Vallejo, California$107,730

States with the highest medical imaging

StatesAnnual Salary
Medical Imaging Salary in California$89,870
Medical Imaging Salary in Oregon$85,970
Medical Imaging Salary in District of Columbia$85,140
Medical Imaging Salary in Alaska$82,740
Medical Imaging Salary in Washington$82,550

Factors affecting medical imaging salaries

Medical imaging, often called diagnostic imaging, has a lot of factors that affect how much a professional in this field earns. The state in which a person is employed is one of the biggest factors. California is, by far, the state with the highest salaries in the field, and all of the top paying cities are also in California.

A vast field, medical imaging has many subsets in which a professional will specialize. These subsets will also have different pay rates. A trained cardiovascular technologist or a diagnostic medical sonographer may earn more money than someone specializing in echocardiography.

1. Experience

Experience has a major impact on salary. Based off of the top and bottom 10th percentile, it’s easy to see how experience will boost a person’s salary potential.

2. Industry

Industry also plays a role in salary. Hospitals pay an annual mean wage of $68,000, while a professional that works in outpatient care centers earns a mean wage of $72,930 on average.

An exciting career with a lot of growth potential. Medical imaging is expected to grow by 39% between 2012 and 2022.

Training and Certification Requirements

Associate and bachelor’s degrees are offered in medical imaging. These degrees often fall under the major of sonography, cardiovascular or vascular technology. One year certifications may be available at local colleges or hospitals, but these certifications are meant only for professionals that are already in a health-related field.

Degrees should be sought from accredited universities or colleges.

Anatomy and medical terminology courses will be a requirement. Most fields will have specializations, such as an abdominal sonography specialization. These specializations require further training and certification and may be part of a person’s college coursework.

Professionals, such as a radiation therapist, that want to enter the medical imaging profession will have to take a different training path. Most employers will provide on-the-job training to help current employees in a related field expand their skillset.

Medical imaging technicians that want to deal with cardiovascular imaging will be required to be trained for 4 to 6 weeks on average by their employer.

Diagnostic imaging workers will not need a certification for an entry-level position, but statistics show that most of the workforce has at least one certification.

Nationally, there are no licensing requirements, but states may have licensing requirements. These requirements will vary depending on the job title and will need to be fulfilled before practicing in a respective state.

The majority of workers in this field will find employment in local hospitals. Weekends, overnight and evening hours are common in the field.

International ​Medical Imaging Salaries

CountriesAnnual Salary
Medical Imaging Salary in the UK£21,478 - £27,900
Medical Imaging Salary in CanadaC$60,000 – C$70,000
Medical Imaging Salary in AustraliaAU$69,888


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