As a kid, did you ever wish you had X-ray glasses? If so, you should consider a career as an X-Ray Technician, also known as a Radiographer, Radiologic Technologist, or Radiologic Technician.
Working with other X-ray Technicians, you produce X-ray films that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients’ illnesses or injuries. You ensure that the necessary precautions are taken to prevent unnecessarily exposing the patient, yourself, or your coworkers to radiation. Extremely keen attention to detail is necessary in this position, since you must precisely follow orders given by Physicians regarding the type of X-ray needed.
What is the expected Radiology Technician salary?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average annual Radiology Technician salary is $57,450, with 50 percent of X-ray Technician positions paying between $46,490 and $70,430. The highest Radiographer salary — as reported in the top 10 percent of positions — comes in at $82,590. Keep in mind, however, that the lowest-paid X-ray Technicians earn less than $38,660. With all those numbers floating around, you can easily say you have better than a 50 percent chance of making more than $50,000 annually.
What determines Radiology Technician salary?
The basic Radiology Technician salary is determined by a number of factors, most of which are out of your immediate control. The size of the employing facility, its location, and the number of patients treated all influence Radiographer salary, as do other factors (which are within your control) like education, training level, and career experience.
What’s the job outlook for an X-ray Technician?
It doesn’t matter if you are just staring your career as an X-ray Technician or have been doing the job for many years, or even if you’re just considering the field. You’re in luck because jobs are available, and becoming more so all the time. Statistics show that this job field is expected to grow at a faster-than-average pace — by approximately 12 percent — in the coming years. The aging population in the U.S. will bring about the need for more health care-related positions, and slip and fall accidents happen no matter the age.
So while you may not get a superhero cape or fly through the air, your dreams of X-ray vision can come true (sort of) as an X-ray Technician. And hey, you get paid a Radiology Technician salary too.