Nuclear Medicine Technologist Salary
The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses a number of sources to calculate the average salary of nuclear medicine technologists including data obtained from schools and employers. The exact amount a person will earn depends on a number of factors including where he or she works, his or her geographical location, and levels of education and training. The wages discussed in this article are based on a 40 hour work week culminating in 2080 hours per year.
Salary Data for Nuclear Medicine Technologists
The average hourly pay for a nuclear medicine technologist is $32.91 per hour. The highest 10% earned $43.58 per hour and the lowest 10% earned $23.42. Annually, the median wage was $68,450. The top 10% made $90,650 and the lowest 10% made $48,710 per year.
The lowest paid professionals in this field were typically those that worked in rural areas. The average wage at this level was at or below $25 per hour. Typically, the cost of living in these areas is usually low, negating the need for higher wages. The highest paid nuclear medicine technologists resided in metropolitan area where the cost of living is obscenely high. The average wage for people in these areas was at or above $40 per hour.
The 5 states with the highest wages for nuclear medicine technologists were:
- California – $86,590
- New Jersey – $80,520
- Maryland – $79,500
- Washington – $79,340
- Nevada – $78,590
Top 5 metropolitan areas that paid the highest were:
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA – $94,830
- Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA – $94,220
- San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA – $93,380
- Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, CA – $92,950
- Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA – $92,530.
People in this field enjoy benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, discounted medical services, and other perks. The average benefit package was worth $20,000 per year.
Nuclear Medicine Employment Data
Approximately 21,670 people work as nuclear medicine technologists. The majority of them work in private, public, or surgical hospitals (13,970). The second-largest employer was physician offices (5,110). Other places that hire people in this profession include universities, federal agencies, diagnostic laboratories, and military healthcare facilities.
Nuclear medicine technologists do not typically work in a private practice, though the opportunity is there. Most independent technologists work for an agency or as consultants. Advancement opportunities do exist with some technologists entering supervisory, managerial, or administrative positions. However, additional education may be required to enter these jobs