Radiologic and MRI Technologist Salary

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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.

Radiologic and MRI Technologist Salary
Location
Annual Salary
in location
Employment
In location
Employment per 1,000 jobs
California
$93,650
16670
1.014
District of Columbia
$83,500
440
0.636
Hawaii
$82,710
620
1.081
Alaska
$79,520
370
1.240
Oregon
$76,270
2050
1.132
Washington
$75,950
3920
1.228
Massachusetts
$75,460
5220
1.559
New York
$73,550
12170
1.400
Rhode Island
$73,000
760
1.709
Nevada
$71,940
1230
0.987
New Jersey
$71,500
5390
1.424
Maryland
$70,410
3670
1.453
Minnesota
$70,220
4520
1.668
Connecticut
$70,210
2090
1.359
Colorado
$66,690
4040
1.566
New Hampshire
$64,940
930
1.493
Vermont
$63,890
440
1.562
Arizona
$63,610
4970
1.752
Illinois
$62,390
8470
1.505
Virginia
$62,320
5560
1.501
Idaho
$62,260
1050
1.467
Wisconsin
$61,680
4610
1.700
Delaware
$61,480
670
1.570
Maine
$60,710
1080
1.883
Wyoming
$60,280
420
1.605
Texas
$59,860
16660
1.377
Indiana
$59,640
4860
1.665
New Mexico
$59,370
1370
1.741
Michigan
$59,250
6630
1.690
North Carolina
$59,070
7000
1.632
Ohio
$58,880
8860
1.725
Georgia
$57,780
5080
1.180
Utah
$57,740
1610
1.081
Florida
$57,430
14170
1.678
Montana
$57,410
850
1.861
Oklahoma
$56,700
2720
1.740
Nebraska
$56,660
1630
1.733
North Dakota
$56,540
900
2.238
Pennsylvania
$55,650
9790
1.776
South Carolina
$55,360
3420
1.697
Missouri
$55,200
4190
1.557
Kansas
$55,060
1990
1.495
Guam
$54,090
60
0.878
South Dakota
$52,950
950
2.311
Louisiana
$52,410
3010
1.674
Iowa
$52,370
2470
1.683
Kentucky
$51,900
4040
2.269
West Virginia
$51,010
1580
2.429
Tennessee
$50,950
3850
1.325
Arkansas
$50,540
1950
1.654
Mississippi
$47,340
2280
2.120
Alabama
$46,920
3510
1.847
Puerto Rico
$24,300
1210
1.481