Radiologic Technologist Salary

The average radiological technologist salary is determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources.    They work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and medical offices. A radiological technologist salary will vary depending on the location and the setting. Area of specialization also plays a part in how much they earn.  It is assumed that most personnel work an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Alternate Titles:  : X-ray tech, CT technologist, MRI technologist, Radiologic Technologist (RT), Radiology Technologist.

Radiological Technologist Salary: Median Hourly & Annual Data


The average hourly radiological technologist salary is $26.54 per hour. The lower 10% earn less than $19 per hour.  The upper 10% earn more than $37.50 per hour.


On a yearly basis the average x-ray tech salary is $55,200 per year.  The lower 10% earn less than $38,000 per year.  The upper 10% earn more than $78,000 per year.

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Lowest and Highest Radiological Technologist Salary

The lowest salaries reported in this occupation are $16 per hour.  The highest reported hourly wages are over $45 per hour. 

Top 5 States

The five highest paying states are California $72,030, Alaska $68,920, Massachusetts $68,890, District of Columbia $68,130, and Rhode Island $67,860.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The five best paying city or metropolitan areas are Vallejo-Fairfield, CA $91,400, Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division $89,530, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $85,550, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division $84,770, Hanford-Corcoran, CA $79,420.

Employment Data

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are approximately 194,000 radiologic technologists working in the U.S.  This does not include medical sonographers or MRI technologists.

Where They Work

 Over 155,000 of them work in hospitals and physicians offices. The rest work in outpatient centers, government medical facilities, medical and diagnostic laboratories, and specialty hospitals.

Other Industries that Employ Radiologic Technologists

Colleges, Scientific research, and employment agencies also employ radiologic technologists.

Private Practice vs. Employment

This profession works closely with physicians and other practitioners.  Most of their work is regulated by state laws that require that they be supervised by either a physician.  Private practice or self-employment is very rare.


Employment benefits vary depending on the employer.  The average employment package is worth approximately $20,000 per year. 

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)

The median salary for a radiographer in the United Kingdom is £25,878 per year.  The lowest reported earnings are £20,000 GBP per year.  The top earnings reported are over £39,000 per year.  Bonuses range from none to approximately £5,000 per annum.  

Alternate titles: Diagnostic Radiographer, Therapeutic Radiographer


In Canada the average medical radiation technologist earns $59,724 CAD per year.  Depending on the province they earn approximately $18.50 per hour to a high of approximately $48 CAD per hour.


In Australia the average radiographer earns $33.00 AUD per hour.  With bonuses the highest reported earnings are over $89,000 AUD per year.  The lowest reported earnings are less than $41,000 AUD per year.