Radiology Technologist Salary Guide

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Radiology technologists, who perform diagnostic and in-procedure imaging, work alongside other providers on a healthcare team. They earn a median salary of $65,140, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Radiology technologists perform medical imaging services for patients who are ill or injured. They take X-rays to start but can earn certifications that will allow them to use other imaging technologies as well.

The top 10% of radiology technologists—also called radiographers, X-ray technicians, and radiologic technologists—earn $97,940 and the bottom 10% earn $47,760.

Salaries vary by state. While these figures can be helpful, keep in mind that the cost of living also varies by location.

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians

National data

Median Salary: $65,140

Projected job growth: 5.5%

10th Percentile: $47,760

25th Percentile: $57,350

75th Percentile: $80,050

90th Percentile: $97,940

Projected job growth: 5.5%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $50,150 $36,160 $72,580
Alaska $79,510 $61,630 $102,970
Arizona $73,140 $50,910 $95,210
Arkansas $51,370 $39,650 $74,050
California $99,390 $56,160 $136,640
Colorado $74,900 $51,710 $99,070
Connecticut $75,500 $61,450 $101,750
Delaware $65,190 $50,760 $92,570
District of Columbia $81,940 $66,280 $104,090
Florida $63,060 $44,490 $79,220
Georgia $60,530 $44,560 $80,150
Hawaii $93,800 $63,980 $107,590
Idaho $64,440 $49,930 $81,380
Illinois $64,940 $49,210 $96,340
Indiana $64,220 $47,760 $83,480
Iowa $59,160 $47,040 $74,910
Kansas $61,340 $45,720 $80,210
Kentucky $61,050 $44,870 $75,300
Louisiana $56,490 $45,550 $77,070
Maine $64,380 $50,170 $82,450
Maryland $74,880 $53,990 $95,490
Massachusetts $82,510 $59,630 $108,990
Michigan $63,880 $49,720 $79,750
Minnesota $75,550 $59,120 $90,170
Mississippi $49,620 $37,420 $64,570
Missouri $61,300 $46,970 $78,630
Montana $63,740 $46,730 $80,950
Nebraska $61,930 $48,690 $79,060
Nevada $75,460 $53,610 $111,780
New Hampshire $75,110 $58,200 $93,860
New Jersey $79,140 $62,150 $97,150
New Mexico $63,680 $49,680 $84,570
New York $80,270 $59,050 $104,480
North Carolina $62,460 $45,640 $82,080
North Dakota $62,600 $50,900 $78,170
Ohio $63,860 $48,040 $78,960
Oklahoma $62,510 $45,320 $81,180
Oregon $82,880 $63,220 $105,070
Pennsylvania $62,400 $48,360 $80,130
Rhode Island $76,860 $53,980 $102,650
South Carolina $60,720 $42,950 $78,550
South Dakota $61,210 $41,050 $76,180
Tennessee $59,510 $39,230 $78,920
Texas $64,500 $43,640 $90,040
Utah $63,550 $43,900 $86,450
Vermont $65,650 $47,830 $98,520
Virginia $66,570 $48,370 $91,370
Washington $80,740 $59,850 $104,380
West Virginia $60,300 $46,480 $78,420
Wisconsin $64,400 $50,230 $81,900
Wyoming $64,270 $51,000 $84,720

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2022 median salary; projected job growth through 2032. Actual salaries may vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

How much an individual radiology technologist can earn depends on many factors, including:

Salaries are higher in some regions than in others.
Technologists with more advanced degrees tend to make more than those with the minimum education to become a radiology technologist.
The expertise you develop over time can lead to higher earnings.
Multiple certifications can allow you to create more than one kind of image, which may increase your pay.
The setting where you work can influence earnings.
Developing sought-after expertise in a medical specialty can push up salaries.

Whether you work in a rural, suburban, or urban area can also influence a radiology technologist salary.

Cities are home to many hospitals and health systems. This means that there are more positions for radiology technologists in urban areas. Urban workplaces tend to offer higher salaries for radiology technologists, and healthcare professions in general, to attract top candidates and compensate for higher costs of living.

In the U.S., all of the 15 highest-paying cities are in California, according to the BLS.

Metro Area Median Annual Salary
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA $132,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA $130,010
Santa Rosa, CA $124,990
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $122,680
Stockton-Lodi, CA $111,270
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA $107,840
Modesto, CA $103,900
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA $103,070
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA $101,530
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA $97,690
Merced, CA $97,100
Urban Honolulu, HI $95,950
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA $94,810
Redding, CA $89,130
Fresno, CA $88,860

More Factors that Affect Salary

Geography is just one of many factors that can influence the salary of a radiology technologist. To proactively advance your career, you can set yourself up for professional opportunities.

“One neat thing about radiography is that once you start off, you’re just getting started on professional opportunities you can explore over the course of your career,” says Peter Rath, MPA, RT (R), ARRT, who evaluates continuing education programs at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists

Here, we’ll look at how education, experience, certifications, and workplace setting can influence the salary of a radiology technologist.


All radiology technologists must complete at least an associate degree in radiology. Your education doesn’t have to stop there, though. “Continuing your education can create many opportunities for radiologic technologists,” Rath says.

A bachelor’s degree in radiological science or healthcare administration are natural next educational steps for radiographers.

Additional relevant education generally translates to a higher salary and can influence your career trajectory. A bachelor’s degree is generally required if a radiology technologist wants to advance to a supervisory or managerial role, Rath says. Along with more responsibility, these promotions can increase earnings.

The timing is actually terrific for ambitious radiology technologists entering the field, Rath says.

“Many people are retiring from supervisory and management positions, which creates room for younger or newer technologists to advance in a faster time frame,” he says.


Entry-level positions for radiology technologists generally pay less than roles filled by more experienced techs. While you can’t fast-forward the calendar to gain years on the job, you can gain additional experience in other ways.

“In smaller and rural hospitals, you’ll have more opportunities to do different things and work in different capacities,” Rath says. “They’re more likely to allow radiographers to cross-train in other modalities, such as mammography and CT imaging, which leads to extra skills. It’s easier to become a Jack or Jane of all trades in rural and small settings.”

Gaining experience across departments and imaging modalities can set you up for earning a higher income.


To begin their career, radiology technologists can earn the Registered Radiologic Technologist R.T. (R) certification from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). You don’t have to stop there, though.

“Someone entering the field who wants a challenge can earn certifications in modalities beyond radiography,” Rath says. You can begin this process while earning your associate degree or after you’ve begun working.


A radiology technologist salary may vary by workplace too. Here’s a look at median annual salaries in four primary workplaces, according to BLS data.

WorkplaceAnnual Median Wage
Outpatient Care Centers$81,530
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories$70,460
Physicians’ Offices$62,220

Job Outlook

“Most people considering becoming a radiologic technologist ask, ‘Is this a profession I can rely on as a career?'” Rath says. “The answer is: most definitely.”

The BLS’s job growth forecast for radiology technologists is 5.5% through 2032, slightly higher than the average growth of all U.S. jobs.

“As we see the baby boom generation age, they access healthcare in greater numbers,” Rath explains. “That’s pushing demand for more facilities and more radiographers.”

Where the Jobs Are

“Employment rates for radiologic technologists continue to be high and stable,” Rath says. “There is an especially high demand for radiographers in growing communities.”

That makes sense, since more people living in an area will mean more people who need radiography for broken bones, blocked blood vessels, lung infections, and other conditions. It should come as no surprise, then, that more populous areas have greater demand for radiographers.

Metropolitan Areas Employment
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 12,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 6,400
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 5,500
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,580
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 4,500
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,710
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 3,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,360

“As working technologists reach the end of their careers, demand for radiographers increases,” Rath says. “There’s more and more need for radiologic technologists to enter the field.”

Radiology Technologist Salaries Versus Related Healthcare Roles

If you have a drive to help people, becoming a radiology technologist is not the only option. Other healthcare roles provide opportunities to serve patients.

Here’s a comparison with similar professions that require an associate degree, along with median salaries for each.

Career Median Annual Salary
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians $65,140
Radiation Therapists $89,530
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians $38,240
Surgical Technologists $55,960
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Written and reported by:
Catherine Ryan Gregory
Contributing Writer

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With professional insight from:
Peter Rath, MPA, RT (R), ARRT
Continuing Education Program Evaluator
American Society of Radiologic Technologists