The Average Salaries of Radiology Aides

Radiology aides are trained in radiation safety and handling radiographs, among other things.
Radiology aides are trained in radiation safety and handling radiographs, among other things. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

The Meridian Technology Center describes a radiology aide as someone who assists radiologic technologists in obtaining diagnostic images. The radiology aide is trained in patient care, radiation safety, radiograph handling and helping radiologic technologists. They learn core medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and how to handle imaging equipment including how to process images. Radiology aides are also known as radiology technicians. A certified radiology aide can expect to earn about $19,350 per year according to figures quoted from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission by Meridian.

Radiology Technician Jobs reported in April 2011 that radiology technicians had a national hourly rate that ranged from $11.85 to $25.87 per hour. This translates to a yearly salary ranging from $24,557 to $60,244, including bonuses and overtime. These results come from a survey of 260 respondents. Those with their certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) made between $15.97 and $22.15 per hour.

Years of Experience

According to the PayScale website, radiology technicians in April 2011 earned between $14.35 and $17.31 per hour in their first year in the position. When they have one to four years experience radiology technicians typically make up to $20.26 per hour. With five to nine years of experience, the hourly wage grows to up to $21.84 per hour. Those radiology technicians that have more than 20 years of experience make between $19.00 and $26.78 per hour, according to the PayScale figures.

Popular Industries

Radiology technicians are employed in a number of industries according to PayScale in its April 2011 report. Those that are employed by hospitals earn between $16.34 and $24.94 per hour and are the highest paid according to this survey. Radiology technicians involved in the health care industry make between $15.93 and $24.73 an hour, while those who are in the radiology industry have an hourly wage range between $15.41 to $23.45 per hour. Radiology technicians who work in a medical office earn from $15.16 to $23.35 an hour.

Career Path

There are three possible career paths that a radiology technician may choose, according to PayScale. One of these is to become a radiology technologist, where the annual salary range for April 2011 was between $37,424 and $52,358. Another option is to become a certified radiology x-ray technician and make from $34,413 to $51,216 annually. A third option available to the radiology technician is to become a licensed radiologic technologist and earn an annual salary between $37,241 and $51,249.

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