19, 2013 - The average salaries of radiologic technologists (RT) rose by 1.7% in
the past 3 years and now average $62,763, considerably higher than the U.S. per
capita income of $42,693, according to the 2013
American Society of Radiologic Technologists Wage and Salary Survey.
The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) conducts a wage and salary survey every 3
years. Longitudinal data shows that average salaries of radiologic
technologists grew by 20.5% during the past 9 years, or about 2.28% per year.
The greatest growth occurred between 2004 and 2007, when RT salaries increased
by an average 12.6%. Salaries rose, on average, another 5.2% between 2007 and
slowing wage growth between 2010 and 2013 seems to be a reflection of the
larger economy as the country continues to recover from the recession,” said
ASRT Chief Academic Officer Myke Kudlas, M.Ed., R.T.(R)(QM), CIIP. “Economic
data show that wages have been stagnant for many American workers during the
past few years. R.T.s aren’t immune to that trend, even though we saw modest
gains in several medical imaging practice areas.”
experienced the largest average gains at 8%, from a $60,263 average annual
salary in 2010 to $65,101 in 2013. Magnetic resonance technologists followed
with a 5% increase, with salaries moving from $65,098 to $68,384. Computed
tomography technologists’ experienced a 4.9% increase from $60,586 to $63,454.
Cardiovascular-interventional technologists received a 4.3% increase from
$64,614 to $67,379.
two of the profession’s main disciplines on average experienced slight wage
decreases during the 3-year span. Radiation therapists saw a 0.7% decrease,
going from a $79,125 average annual salary in 2010 to $78,602 in 2013, while
radiographers experienced an average 0.5% decrease, from $53,953 in 2010 to
$53,680 in 2013.
remaining practice areas all experienced wage increases, albeit small: medical
dosimetrists at 3.1% , sonographers at 2.7% and nuclear medicine technologists
at 1.8%. Salaries of quality management professionals remained the same since
addition to wage variations for different practice areas, salaries also
fluctuate from region to region, according to the survey. On average,
California R.T.s have the highest annual compensation at $84,162, followed by
technologists in Hawaii at $80,761. Technologists in West Virginia earned the
lowest base annual compensation at $51,607, with technologists in Alabama close
behind at $51,648.
survey also highlights R.T.s’ satisfaction with their compensation and measures
whether they’re better off than they were three years ago. Salary satisfaction
responses show that the majority of respondents, 52.7%, are either very
satisfied or satisfied with their pay. However, 42% of respondents said they
were in relatively the same position as they were in 2010.
The ASRT sent questionnaires and invitations to
participate in the survey in February 2013 to a random sampling of registered
technologists in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. A total of 10,639
radiologic technologists returned completed questionnaires, resulting in a 16 percent
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