Radiation Therapist Salary

 The average Radiation Therapist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Radiation Therapists work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and medical offices.  Most of them work in hospitals or cancer treatment centers.

A Radiation Therapists salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn. The assumption was made that the Radiation Therapists reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

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A Radiation Therapists average salary is $38.05 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $25.48 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $55.24 per hour.


On an annual basis the average Radiation Therapist salary is $79,140. The lowest 10% earn less than $53,010 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $114,900 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

Lowest and Highest Radiation Therapist Salary

The lowest paid Radiation Therapists earn less with average wages below $25.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas.

The highest pay levels are found in major metropolitan areas where the mean or average wage is over $55.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The best paying states are Connecticut $105,120, Washington $101,440, New Jersey $98,370, California $98,230 and New York $96,770.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Radiation Therapist salary are San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division $117,470, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $114,310, New Haven, CT $110,240, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division $106,600 and Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division $105,470.

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Other Industries that Employ Radiation Therapists

The majority are employed in hospitals and clinics, A small number of Radiation Therapists work in physicians offices, federal service, military healthcare systems, and universities.

Employment Data

It is estimated that there are 18,380 Radiation Therapists employed in the U.S.

Where They Work

Over 9850 Radiation Therapists work in General medical and surgical hospitals. Approximately 5070 of these healthcare workers are employed in physicians’ offices. Outpatient care centers, colleges and employment agencies account for most of the rest of these professionals.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Radiation Therapists work primarily as supportive personnel under the supervision of radiologists. The nature of their work limits the opportunities for self-employment.


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

United Kingdom (UK)[1]

Radiation Therapists / Therapeutic radiographers - Typical starting salaries for newly qualified radiographers (Band 5): £21,176, rising up the pay scale to £27,625.

Salaries at specialist radiographer level (Band 6) typically start at £25,528, rising up the pay scale to £34,189. Typical salaries for advanced radiographers (Band 7) start at £30,460 and can rise to £40,157. Consultant radiographers can earn higher salaries. They are usually employed on Band 8a or 8c.

Additional cost of living payments may be available to those working in London and the South of England. Non-NHS pay rates are usually competitively set, and are often negotiated on an individual basis. On-call allowances and overtime payments are paid in addition to the basic salary.


Radiation therapist, X-ray technician and radiation therapy technologist (RTT) - Currently, this occupation is an eligible occupation for the federal skilled worker permanent resident visa.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $65,000 – $75,000. Employment prospects for medical radiation technologists are good in Canada. The government forecasts that an aging population and the arrival of new medical technologies and techniques, as well as the introduction of more advanced equipment, will require more technologists in the near future.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Edmonton, Alberta at $37.25 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $23 per hour.


The average salary for a Radiation Therapist is AU$55,369 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field. The salary ranges from a$38,000 to a$93,000. The salary depends on parameters like location, experience and profile.

[1] http://www.prospects.ac.uk/therapeutic_radiographer_salary.htm [2] http://www.livingin-canada.com/salaries-for-medical-radiation-technologists.html [3] http://www.payscale.com/research/AU/Job=Radiation_Therapist/Salary