Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary
Nuc Med Tech Salary

Nuclear med techs use MRI and other scanning devices to track radioactive particles in patients bodies.  How the body reacts to these particles can help physicians diagnose or treat diseases.

The average Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Nuclear Medicine Technologists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools.

A Nuclear Medicine Technologist salary may vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Nuclear Medicine Technologists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.


A Nuclear Medicine Technologist median salary is $33.74 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $24.31 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $44.87 per hour.


On an annual basis the median Nuclear Medicine Technologist salary is $70,180. The lowest 10% earn a salary of $50,560 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $93,320 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Lowest and Highest Nuclear Medicine Tech Salary

The lowest paid Nuclear Medicine Technologist earn below $24.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas and schools. The highest pay levels are found in major population areas where the average wage is over $44.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The top paying states to earn an Nuclear Medicine Technologist salary are California $91,920, Rhode Island $89,790, DC $83,400, and New Jersey $81,830, and Washington $81,710,.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best paying city or metropolitan areas are San Jose CA $114,930, Oakland CA $111,770, Oxnard-Ventura CA $104,430, Sacramento CA $103,860, and Santa Ana-Anaheim CA $95,280.

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Other Industries that Employ Nuclear Medicine Technologists

The majority are employed in hospitals and clinics, a small number of nuclear med techs work in laboratories, federal or state healthcare systems, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor nationally there are over 21,200 Nuclear Medicine Technologists who earn a salary through being employed.

Where They Work

Of all the Nuclear Medicine Technologists employed in the United States over 13,370 of them work in hospitals with an additional 5,050 working in physician’s office. Medical and Diagnostic labs employ approximately 1400. A few opportunities exist in colleges and universities.

Private Practice vs. Employment

The nature of the work for this occupation provides limited opportunity for private practice. Working for an employment agency or in a consulting role are two possible private practice roles.


Fringe benefits such as vacation, health insurance and retirement plans will vary depending on the work setting and size of the employer. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary

Alternate Job Title:  Radiographer

United Kingdom (UK) [1]

The typical nuclear medicine technologist salary will be between £25.00-35.00 per hour depending on the city and the experience one has.   The median or average annual salary is £25,853 per year.

Canada [2]

Salary for nuclear medicine technologists in Canada can range from weekly c$26.78 to c$44.82, or in other terms a bi-weekly payment of $1928 to $3227 or approximately $50,000 - $83,902 CAD annually. The variation depends on the location and grade of job. 


Medical imaging professionals, which include nuclear medicine technologists can expect to earn between $25.00 and $42.00 AUD per hour depending on their level of experience and the organization they work for.  The median or average annual salary is $68,640 AUD.

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