Radiologic Technologist Salary

Radiologic Technologist Salary – 2013

A radiologic technologist is a healthcare professional trained to operate diagnostic imaging equipment. To become a rad tech you must complete training from an accredited school and become certified. Radiologic technologist salary is one of the most competitive in the health technology occupational group. The job outlook is positive and jobs are expected to grow rapidly over the upcoming period..

Average Radiologic Technologist Salary

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides radiologic technologist salary data. In May 2013 the median radiologic technologist salary was $55,200 per year, or about $27 per hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,570 and the top 10 percent earned more than $78,440. Radiologic technologist salary can also be affected by geographic area.

Top Paying States

Top Paying States for Radiologic Technologist Salary

U.S. map of annual mean
radiologic technologist salary by state.

Like any other occupation, radiologic technologist salary can differ from place to place. Much of this is due to local economies, growth, and cost of living in a specific geographic area. Taking that into account, there are certain states that have a higher than average salary for radiological technologists. The top 5 highest paying states in 2013 were:

  1. California – $72,030
  2. Alaska – $68,920
  3. Massachusetts – $68,890
  4. District of Columbia – $68,130
  5. Rhode Island – $67,860

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Radiologic Technologist Salary

U.S. map of annual mean
radiologic technologist salary by metropolitan area.

When looking even closer, there are certain metropolitan areas across the country that have much higher salaries for radiologic technologists. The majority of the highest paying areas are located on the west coast. In 2013 the top 5 highest paying metropolitan areas for radiologic technologist salary were all located in California:

  1. Vallejo, CA – $91,400
  2. Oakland, CA – $89,530
  3. San Jose, CA – $85,550
  4. San Francisco, CA – $84,770
  5. Hanford, CA – $79,420

Education Requirements

To become a radiologic technologist you must complete training from an accredited school. The most common training programs come in two forms: certification program and Associate’s Degree. There are two parts to the training process. Students first receive an education in a classroom environment and then get hands-on clinical experience. Typical coursework includes:

  • Anatomy and biology
  • Pathology
  • Patient care
  • Radiation physics and protection
  • Image evaluation

Radiologic Technologist Certification

Once you have completed your training program you must become certified before you can begin looking for jobs. To become certified you must pass an exam issued by the state or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. After you have successfully passed the examination, you can become certified/licensed in your state to begin working as a radiologic technologist.

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