How Much Do MRI Technologists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

MRI Technologists

MRI Technologists operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures, and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$75960 per year
Hourly wage
$37 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$52,880 to $62,140 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$25 to $30 per hour

Entry-level Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $52,880 to $62,140 per year or $25 to $30 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $50 $104,210
Senior (Top 25%) $42 $88,370
Middle (Mid 50%) $36 $74,690
Junior (Bottom 25%) $30 $62,140
No experience (Bottom 10%) $25 $52,880

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $51 $106,040
DC $46 $96,100
HI $46 $96,000
WA $46 $95,850
AK $44 $91,360
RI $43 $89,920
NV $43 $89,860
OR $43 $88,880
NY $43 $88,800
MA $41 $86,120

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid MRI Technologists are in the states of CA, DC, HI, WA and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Outpatient Care Centers $95200 $45.77
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $89010 $42.79
Specialty Hospitals $85720 $41.21
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $78670 $37.82
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $77370 $37.20
Local Government $75750 $36.42
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $74780 $35.95
Offices of Physicians $73810 $35.48
Scientific Research and Development Services $72110 $34.67
Management of Companies and Enterprises $69480 $33.41
Employment Services $67310 $32.36
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $60430 $29.05

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