How Much Do Radiation Therapists Make? (2023)

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How Much Do Radiation Therapists Make?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that radiation therapists make a median annual income of $82,790 or $40 per hour. The lowest 10% of radiation therapists earned less than $61,030 and the highest 10% earned more than $128,550.

Do Radiation Therapists Get Paid Well?

Radiation Therapists are paid well—they earn more than the average worker in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for radiation therapists is $82,790 per year. This is 97 percent more than the average salary for all occupations, which is $45,760.

How Much Do Radiation Therapists Make Starting Out?

The BLS does not provide average compensation data for entry-level positions for radiation therapists just starting out, but the bottom 25% of radiation therapists earn $75,490 each year according to the BLS.

How Many Radiation Therapists Are There In The United States?

In 2021, there were 17,700 radiation therapists in the United States. The BLS predicts the number of radiation therapists will increase by 9 percent, approximately 1,600 jobs, by 2030.

Where Can Radiation Therapists Earn The Most?

Radiation Therapists' salaries depend on location and work setting. According to the BLS, radiation therapists earn the most in the following industries: general medical and surgical hospitals, offices of physicians and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse). The metropolitan areas with the highest pay for radiation therapists are:

  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - $169,080
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - $159,660
  3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - $131,960

How Much Do Radiation Therapists Earn In Each State?

The table below compares radiation therapists salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of radiation therapists in each state as well as the number of radiation therapists per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have salary and employment statistics.

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