While both may work in several different types of medical facilities, radiology technicians and dental hygienists have different job duties. Radiologic techs take diagnostic imaging exams, such as x-rays and CAT scans, while dental hygienists clean teeth and perform exams to check for oral diseases. Salaries for these two positions vary based on industry and location.
Radiology Technician Salary
Radiology techs earn an average salary of $54,180 and a median salary of $53,240 in the U.S. as of May 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The salary scale ranges from $35,700 for techs in the bottom ten percent to $75,440 for those in the top ten percent. Most techs work in general medical and surgical hospitals for an average annual income of $54,770.
Dental Hygienist Salary
The average salary for a dental hygienist is $67,860 and the median salary is $67,340, according to the bureau. Hygienists in the 10th percentile earn $44,900 a year, while those in the 90th percentile earn $92,860. Most dental hygienists work in the offices of dentists for an average salary of $68,160 a year.
Both radiology techs and dental hygienists may work in the offices of physicians, where the former earns an average salary of $54,770 and the latter earns $61,740 according to the bureau. In outpatient care centers, radiologic techs earn an average income of $52,950 and dental hygienists earn $68,100. The industries of office administrative services and employment services also employ both types of workers; in the former, radiologic techs earn $58,360 and hygienists earn $68,230, while in the latter techs earn $59,620 and hygienists earn $68,150 a year on average.
Wages for both radiology techs and dental hygienists vary from one state to the next. The bureau names Massachusetts as the state with the highest average salary for radiologic techs at $68,530, followed by Nevada at $66,420. For dental hygienists the highest average income is in Alaska, at $96,280 on average, followed by Washington, at $90,140.