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Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist - Federal Salaries of 2021

Pay Rates for "Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist"

How much does a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist in the federal government get paid? $74,258.96* *Based on the 2021 average.

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist was the 60th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 4,905 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2021, the Veterans Health Administration hired the most employees titled Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist, with an average salary of $74,871.

Government Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist job is GS-1, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-9. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologists and Technicians are healthcare professionals who perform or supervise technical work in the field of diagnostic radiologic examinations in a hospital or clinic environment. These examinations are performed under the direction of a physician as part of the diagnostic plan for patients. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians specialize in the operation of medical imaging equipment such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, computed tomography (CT) machines, and ultrasound imaging machines among other medical imaging equipment. They are trained for other tasks that may be required for the needed radiologic examination such as the preparation and administration of contrast materials. They are also responsible for instructing patients during a scan and for capturing the results of procedures in a computer. They prepare the results of radiologic examinations and convey such to the physician for further interpretation.

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians are mostly employed by general medical and surgical hospitals, and medical and diagnostic laboratories. Many of them also work in physician offices and outpatient care centers. A good number of Radiologic Technologists and Technicians are employed by the Federal Government. In fact, the Federal Government is one of the top paying industries for Radiologic Technologists and Technicians according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 5,930 Radiologic Technologists and Technicians employed by the Federal Government as of May 2021 earning an average annual salary of $73,990.

Most Radiologic Technologists and Technicians in the Federal Government are employed by the Veterans Health Administration and the Indian Health Service. Their duties generally include performing the full spectrum of radiographic and fluoroscopic examinations. Their work also entails reviewing lab and medical history of patients to determine their ability to undergo the examination and to determine possible side effects. They are responsible for positioning or placing the body of the patient in the proper positions to obtain the views requested. They also perform procedures such as gastrointestinal (GI) examinations, cholangiograms, intravenous pyelography, and arthrography. Radiologic Technologists and Technicians maintain responsibility for inventory and stocking of radiography supplies and other materials, as well as keeping accurate records and files of examinations performed.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the overall employment of Radiologic Technologists and Technicians to grow at 9% from 2020 to 2030. This is slightly higher than the average growth rate for all occupations. The Bureau estimates an average of 20,800 openings for this occupation every year over the decade.

Radiologic Technologists and Technicians intending to work in the Federal Government are required to complete a full-time training course of at least 24 months (or equivalent) in a post-high school diagnostic radiologic technology program, evidenced by a certificate or an associate degree, duly certified by the pertinent accrediting body. Job position and responsibilities largely depend on the professional’s educational background and work experience. Some individuals who are in the process of obtaining the relevant practical experience and training work as interns receiving GS-1 salaries. Obtaining relevant certifications or degrees increases the starting grade and leads to promotion. Typically promotions are given 1 grade at a time up to a maximum of GS-9.

Agencies that have hired a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist

Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist is $74,258.96. The highest paid Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist made $143,064 in 2021.

Common Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Employees
GS - General Schedule 4,891
GL - Gs Employees In Grades 3 Through 10 Paid A Law Enforcement Officer Special Base Rate 14

Starting Paygrade: $20,999.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-1, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $63,734.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-9, Step 10
Category: Technical and Medical Support

Other Jobs at the GS-1 Paygrade

GS-1 is the starting paygrade for Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-1 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Tax ExaminingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
GuideTechnical and Medical SupportGS-1GS-9
DispatchingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Military PayClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
CodingClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9

Average Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021

In 2004, the average pay for a Diagnostic Radiologic Technologist was $46,259. Since then, the average pay has increased to $74,259 in 2021.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0647.

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