Whether you’re just starting your career or already a veteran radiologic technologist, it can be in your best interest to look at the outlook for your profession and where you can potentially earn the most money. Workers in many careers have the opportunity to improve their pay by moving to a different state, and that’s no different for radiation technologists. If you specialize in CT, MRI, or general radiology, take a look at the best paying states for your profession.
Job Outlook for Radiologic Technologists
The current job market for radiologic technologists is stable with solid growth anticipated in the coming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth in this profession is expected to be about 9% between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than the average for all professions. Due to an aging population, there will be an increase in medical conditions that require imaging as a tool for making accurate diagnoses.
Highest Paying States for Radiologic Technologists
Whenever you look at possible job opportunities, it helps to have an understanding of the typical pay for others in your field of work. In 2016, the national median salary for radiologic technologists was $58,960, according to the BLS. However, salary numbers can differ drastically across the country, so it can be more helpful to look at salary averages on a statewide level. That way, you can determine if salary offers are fair, depending on where you live, or you could even decide to move to a higher paying state.
Here’s a list of the states with the highest average salary for radiologic technologists in 2016, according to the BLS:
- District of Columbia – $76,270
- California – $76,060
- Massachusetts – $71,100
- Washington – $68,830
- Oregon – $68,780
However, average salary isn’t the only factor you want to consider when looking for a new place to establish a career, as higher wages often correlate with higher costs of living. For example, California offers some of the highest salaries for radiation technologists, but there are cities within California that have very high costs of living. Use a cost of living calculator to help determine if a higher salary in a certain state is worth it for your situation before deciding to pack it up and move. Regardless, you may want to avoid living in one of the states offering the lowest average wages.
Here’s a list of the states with the lowest average salary for radiologic technologists in 2016, according to the BLS:
- West Virginia – $47,080
- Mississippi – $47,430
- Alabama – $47,530
- Arkansas – $47,750
- Louisiana – $48,230
States with the Most Radiologic Technologist Jobs
If you’re seriously considering a move to establish a better career for yourself as a radiologic technologist, there are plenty of factors to consider besides average salary. Another important job-related detail to consider is the amount of job opportunities in areas of interest to you. It won’t matter what the average salary is in a city if you’re unable to find a job there. Demand for radiation technologists is pretty strong around the country, but there are a few states that have more opportunities than others.
Here are the states with the highest employment level of radiologic technologists, according to the BLS:
- New York
Traveling Radiologic Technologist Jobs
Starting a career as a traveling radiologic technologist is a great way to gain access to more job opportunities in more places. Staffing agencies like LRS Healthcare help connect qualified radiation technologists with hospitals across the country that are in need of talented staff. Since demand is fairly strong in this field of allied healthcare, there are many options for job assignments. Working with LRS Healthcare, you would be able to find assignments in states that offer the highest wages. Plus, you’ll be given a housing stipend that will make it feasible to live and work anywhere.
While demand for radiologic technologists is high on a nationwide level, some cities may still be difficult places to land a job. Since LRS Healthcare has a vast network of hospitals they work with, we can help you find a job in the city of your dreams.
As a traveling radiologic technologist for LRS Healthcare, you’ll have the freedom to work all across the country, earn a tax-free housing stipend, and have the opportunity to earn additional bonuses. Learn more about travel radiologic technologist jobs with LRS Healthcare today!