R.T. Wages Continue to Increase, but at Slower Rate, ASRT Survey Shows

Jul 26, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Society of Radiologic Technologists

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Results from a
 survey of nearly 10,000 radiologic technologists showed their average
 annual compensation is $58,673, an increase of 12.8 percent over 2004's
 average of $52,001. This compares to the 19 percent increase in average
 annual compensation from 2001 to 2004. These findings are from the 2007
 Wage and Salary Survey report conducted by the American Society of
 Radiologic Technologists.
     "While compensation continues to increase," said ASRT's Director of
 Research, Richard Harris, Ph.D., "the rate of increase has slowed down.
 This is probably due to the closing of the gap from the shortage of
 radiologic technologists we experienced a few years ago. The data from this
 survey coincides with the information we have from the staffing surveys
 that ASRT has conducted."
     The ASRT conducted its survey in February and March. Questionnaires
 were sent to random samples of R.T.s registered with the American Registry
 of Radiologic Technologists. The samples included radiographers, radiation
 therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, CT technologists, MR
 technologists, mammographers, sonographers, cardiovascular-interventional
 technologists, bone densitometrists, quality management specialists and
 fusion or "other" specialists from each of the 50 states. In addition, all
 active registrants in Washington, D.C., and those who listed "radiologist
 assistant" as their primary sphere of employment were sent invitations to
 participate in the survey. A total of 9,905 radiologic technologists
 returned completed questionnaires. The survey has a 1 percent margin of
 error at the 95 percent confidence level.
     Survey results also showed California had the highest annual
 compensation at $75,873, followed by Massachusetts at $71,574, Washington,
 D.C., at $68,585, Connecticut at $66,471 and Oregon at $66,152. The
 nation's lowest base annual compensation was in West Virginia with an
 average annual compensation of $45,627, followed by South Dakota at
 $48,902, Alabama at $49,131, Arkansas at $50,244 and North Dakota at
     Other survey findings included:
     -- Employee Benefits  Employers provide many benefits to R.T.s. More
        than 69 percent of those surveyed had life insurance, 82 percent had
        health insurance, nearly 69 percent had dental insurance, more than 83
        percent participated in retirement or pension programs and nearly 59
        percent had tuition assistance available to them.
     -- Overtime  More than 75 percent reported receiving additional pay for
        hours worked outside a normal 40-hour work week. Of those who are paid
        for overtime, about 71 percent indicated that overtime pay accounted
        for 5 percent or less of their total annual compensation, while 5.4
        percent said that it accounted for more than 20 percent of their total
     -- On-call shifts  Forty-four percent of respondents said they are paid
        for being on call. Each time they are called in, they receive an
        average of $38.28 per hour or earn $74.26 for each session.
     "It's impressive that in a time of justifiable concern about requests
 for personal information," said ASRT's Chief Academic Officer, Sal Martino,
 Ed.D., "that so many R.T.s were willing to contribute their data to this
 year's Wage and Salary Survey for the benefit of the profession as a
     To read or download the complete 107-page Wage and Salary Survey, visit
 the ASRT's Web site at http://www.asrt.org/wss2007.
     About ASRT
     The ASRT represents more than 125,000 members who perform medical
 imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The Society is
 the largest radiologic science association in the world. Its mission is to
 provide radiologic technologists with the knowledge, resources and support
 they need to improve patient care.

SOURCE American Society of Radiologic Technologists