Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The Best and Worst States for Radiologic Tech Pay

There were just over 216,000 radiologic techs (technologists and technicians) working in the U.S. as of May 2021 according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  This occupation includes practitioners who take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials for diagnostic or research purposes. It does not, however, include diagnostic medical sonographers or MRI technologists. Radiologic techs work mainly in hospitals and physician offices, but smaller numbers are also found working in outpatient care centers and medical diagnostic laboratories. Radiologic techs typically earn better salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2021, the national mean wage for radiologic techs was $66,490 per year.  Radiologic tech pay varies significantly from state to state according to the BLS data.  In the best states for radiologic tech pay, practitioners can earn more than $75,000 per year while their peers in other parts of the country make less than $55,000 annually. Per BLS data as of May 2021, the ten best and worst states for radiologic tech pay were:

The Best and Worst States for Radiologic Tech Pay

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CA 18,290 $95,170 1st
HI 550 $84,100 2nd
MA 5,400 $79,360 3rd
DC 480 $79,320 4th
OR 2,200 $78,800 5th
AK 450 $77,690 6th
RI 820 $77,680 7th
WA 3,210 $77,380 8th
NY 15,180 $77,140 9th
CT 2,450 $74,780 10th
U.S. 216,380 $66,490 -------
SC 3,770 $57,450 42nd
KY 3,800 $57,000 43rd
SD 990 $56,170 44th
WV 1,900 $55,060 45th
IA 2,920 $55,050 46th
TN 4,830 $55,040 47th
LA 3,500 $54,350 48th
AR 2,300 $53,130 49th
AL 3,800 $50,020 50th
MS 2,420 $49,880 51st

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on August 22, 2022