Radiologic Technologist Salary in 2018

Medical Specialties Salaries

The Average Salary 

The average salary of radiologic technologist in US is $55,870.

Radiologic technologists are seen in hospitals and healthcare facilities all over the world. These healthcare professionals are required to perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. These examinations may include x-rays, but do not include an MRI in most cases.

  • Median Radiologic Technologist Salary
  • Lowest and Highest Salary
  • Salary Range for Middle 50%





Average $55,870


$68,420 ($32.89/h)

Average $55,870







The middle 50% salary range for radiologic technologists does not take into account the top and bottom 25% of earners. When this data is removed, prospective radiologic 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 75% : 

Benefits and bonuses includes : 

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Other Perks


Total salary package is a figure that is derived from the average salary and then provides a monetary value for other perks for working with a company, such as health benefits and bonuses. The total salary package for a radiologic technologist is $74,223 based off of a median salary of $51,663.

Cities with the highest paying radiologic technologists

Cities Annual Salary
Radiologic technologist Salary in San Jose$92,410
Radiologic technologist Salary in Vallejo $89,560
Radiologic technologist Salary in San Francisco $89,530
Radiologic technologist Salary in Oakland $85,040

States with the highest paying radiologic technologists

StatesAnnual Salary
Radiologic Technologist Salary in California$73,550
Radiologic Technologist Salary in District of Columbia$72,530
Radiologic Technologist Salary in Massachusetts$70,010
Radiologic Technologist Salary in Alaska$68,870
Radiologic Technologist Salary in Hawaii$68,190

Factors affecting radiologic technologist salaries

A field that is expected to grow by 21% between 2012 and 2022, the career of a radiologic technologist is bright. In this timespan, it’s expected that 48,600 jobs will be added to the field.

1. Experience

Professionals that want to maximize their salary potential will find that there are three main factors that dictate a person’s salary: industry, experience and location. Experience is the only variable that a person can’t control, but industry and location are able to be adjusted to boost earning potential.

2. Location

California is the clear winner in terms of highest paying average salary in the field at $73,550. Other states that provide higher average salaries for radiologic technologists are District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Alaska and Hawaii. All of the top 5 highest paying cities in this profession are in the state of California.

3. Industry

Industry is the final salary factor. Some professionals will be found in higher education institutes, but the majority are found in hospitals. Both industries pay $65,920 and $63,650 respectively.

Training and Certification Requirements

Training to be a radiologic technologist is fairly simple. Education is comprised of an associate degree, which is the bare minimum of higher education a person will need to enter the field. Those with a more advanced degree will have an easier time finding employment.

Students will need to major in a radiography or an MRI program.

Classroom and clinical training are required. Basic classes that need to be taken will revolve around anatomy and biology. Students will be thrust into the field and will learn technology first-hand while being supervised.

Certification differs from state to state. Licensing is required and is part of the <a href="">American Registry of Radiologic Technologists</a>. Every state’s health board will have information relating to the certification requirement of the state. A certification may or may not be required before obtaining a license.

Professionals that enter into the radiologic technology field will have the chance of becoming an MRI specialist. These specialists fall under the same classification, but can demand a higher salary in most industries. As an MRI technologist, a person will be required to take magnetic resonance images of patients and will need to meet a specific number of documented imaging examinations before attempting certification.

Certification to become an MRI technologist is conducted by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Professionals that are detail oriented and have impeccable interpersonal skills excel as a radiologic technologist.

International Radiologic Technologist Salaries

CountriesAnnual Salary
International Radiologic Technology Salary in the U.K£19,631 ~ £40,096
International Radiologic Technology Salary in CanadaC$48,168 ~ C$81,264
International Radiologic Technology Salary in AustraliaAU$37,500 ~ AU$89,323


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