Salary & Growth
Graduates in the Radiologic Technologist program can find employment in hospital, clinic or health center radiology departments. In the Allegheny County area, entry level salaries average $33,570 with experienced salaries averaging $54,800. Thirty-four annual openings are expected in the Three Rivers area1.
On a national level, employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by approximately 17% 2008–2018, faster than the average for all occupations. Radiologic technologists held nearly 214,700 jobs in 2008. About 61% of all jobs were in hospitals. Most other jobs were in offices of physicians; medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers; and outpatient care centers. An associate degree is the most prevalent form of education among radiologic technologists and technicians. The median annual wage of radiologic technologists was $52,210 in May 2008. The middle 50% earned between $42,710 and $63,010. The lowest 10% earned less than $35,100, and the highest 10% earned more than $74,9702.
Job openings also will arise from the need to replace technologists who leave the occupation. Those with knowledge of more than one diagnostic imaging procedure—such as CT, MR and mammography—will have the best employment opportunities as employers seek to control costs by using multi-credentialed employees. Demand for radiologic technologists and technicians can tend to be regional with some areas having large demand while other areas are saturated. Technologists and technicians willing to relocate may have better job prospects2.
1 PA CareerLink
2 Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010–11