Radiologic Technologists and Technicians
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Overview
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Take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's bloodstream for diagnostic or research purposes. Includes radiologic technologists and technicians who specialize in other scanning modalities.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
Only 30% of radiologic technologists and technicians have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by radiologic technologists and technicians
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
This is near the middle of all careeers' percentages of bachelor's holders.
Employment
Workforce size
Radiologic technologists and technicians, with 210,500 workers, form a larger workforce than 79% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for radiologic technologists and technicians are expected to grow by 9%, and should have about 14,000 job openings a year.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for radiologic technologists and technicians compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most radiologic technologists and technicians earn.
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Gender
Women account for 67% of radiologic technologists and technicians -- that's a larger percentage than 79% of other jobs.
Gender of radiologic technologists and technicians
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For radiologic technologists and technicians, the median men's salary was 16% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 18% of radiologic technologists and technicians are minority, and 11% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of radiologic technologists and technicians
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (11%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Radiologic Technologists and Technicians per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Context: workers are union members
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of radiologic technologists and technicians who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (94%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (82%)
  • Exposed to Radiation (76%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (73%)
  • Time Pressure (64%)
  • Consequence of Error (47%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (42%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (35%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (32%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do radiologic technologists and technicians earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for radiologic technologists and technicians (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for radiologic technologists and technicians (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Diagnostic related technologists and technicians: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
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A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire radiologic technologists and technicians.
Employers of Radiologic Technologists and Technicians (ACS)
Private for-profit (63.7%)
Private not-for-profit (27.3%)
Local government (2.5%)
State government (2.4%)
Federal government (3.1%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.6%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.3%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of radiologic technologists and technicians by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$57K$54K$62K$62K$59K$57K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of radiologic technologists and technicians by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for radiologic technologists and technicians

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Radiologic technologists and technicians and gender

With 67% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 79% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Radiologic technologists and technicians
Men (33%)
Women (67%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%. The situation is a little better for radiologic technologists and technicians, with the median salary for men 16% higher than the median salary for women.

$54K$62K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of radiologic technologists and technicians

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority radiologic technologists and technicians than for 59% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of radiologic technologists and technicians
White (80% )
Black (8% )
Asian (6% )
Other (3% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for radiologic technologists and technicians by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for radiologic technologists and technicians by nativity
$56K$63K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Radiologic technologists and technicians and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 19% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 65% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time radiologic technologists and technicians is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by radiologic technologists and technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), radiologic technologists and technicians typically hold a associate's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as radiologic technologists and technicians as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for radiologic technologists and technicians

An associate’s degree is the most common educational requirement for radiologic and MRI technologists. There also are postsecondary education programs that lead to graduate certificates or bachelor’s degrees. Education programs typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Coursework includes anatomy, pathology, patient care, radiation physics and protection, and image evaluation.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) accredits programs in radiography and the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT) accredits MRI programs. Completing an accredited program is required for licensure in some states.

High school students who are interested in radiologic or MRI technology should take courses that focus on math and science, such as anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, and physics.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for radiologic technologists and technicians

Radiologic technologists must be licensed or certified in most states. Few states license MRI technologists. Requirements vary by state.

To become licensed, technologists must usually graduate from an accredited program, and pass a certification exam from the state or obtain a certification from a certifying body. Certifications for radiologic technologists are available from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Certifications for MRI technologists are available from the ARRT and from the American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT). For specific licensure requirements for radiologic technologists and MRI technologists, contact the state’s health board.

Employers typically require or prefer prospective technologists to be certified even if the state does not require it.

Education attained by radiologic technologists and technicians
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for radiologic technologists and technicians? Below we see the distribution of radiologic technologists and technicians salaries based on the education attained.

$44K$51K$54K$56K$61K$65K$63K$0$50K$100K$150KNone (1%)High School (6%)Some College (18%)Associate's/Cert. (45%)Bachelor's Degree (27%)Master's Degree (2%)Professional Degree (1%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for radiologic technologists and technicians

What jobs will most radiologic technologists and technicians hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of radiologic technologists and technicians reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Diagnostic related technologists and techniciansMedical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and TechniciansRegistered nursesPhysicians and surgeonsMedical and Health Services ManagersMedical assistants and other healthcare support occupationsHealth Technologists and Technicians
Lateral job transitions for radiologic technologists and technicians

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as radiologic technologists and technicians as well as 1% of respondents after working as radiologic technologists and technicians. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for radiologic technologists and technicians: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as radiologic technologists and technicians? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of radiologic technologists and technicians surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most radiologic technologists and technicians? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as radiologic technologists and technicians. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Radiologic Technologists and Technicians per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where radiologic technologists and technicians earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for radiologic technologists and technicians compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for radiologic technologists and technicians.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Radiologic Technologists and Technicians (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which radiologic technologists and technicians earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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