X-ray technicians control equipment that creates penetrating scans of the hard structures in a patient's body. Working under the direct supervision of a specialist physician known as a radiologist, X-ray technicians also maintain and calibrate radiology equipment. There are multiple routes to becoming an X-ray technician in Arizona and a high school graduate with on-the-job training can earn a comparable salary to an X-ray technician in most Arizona municipalities.
Arizona X-Ray Technician Salary
As of May 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the pay for X-ray technicians in Arizona averaged $52,510 annually. The bottom 10 percent of X-ray technicians in Arizona earned $30,690 per year while the top 10 percent made $73,580 per year.
X-Ray Technician Salaries Across Arizona
The average salary for X-ray technicians varied by municipal location within Arizona. As of May 2009, average salary by location was $61,290 in Lake Havasu City-Kingman, $52,990 in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, $60,000 in Prescott, $48,840 in Tucson, $53,830 in North Arizona and $52,500 in Southeast Arizona.
Arizona X-Ray Technician Salaries Compared to Other States
The average salary for X-ray technicians in Arizona was above the national average at $40,710 per year. The top five states for X-ray technician pay in 2009 were $48,820 in Maryland, $48,440 in Nevada, $47,590 in Minnesota, $47,390 in the District of Columbia and $46,600 in California. X-ray technicians in West Virginia received the lowest average pay at $41,400.
Licensing for X-Ray Technicians in Arizona
There are four requirements to receive a license to work as an X-ray technician in Arizona: certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, notarized application, photo and application fee.