Salary for Radiation Therapists

Also known as:  Dosimetrist, Radiation Therapist, Radiation Therapy Technologist, Registered Radiation Therapist

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Radiation therapists work under the supervision and direction of radiologists to deliver radiation therapy to patients. They position patients according to prescription, and administer the prescribed doses of radiation. If adverse reactions occur, they consult with physicians, and shut down equipment immediately. In addition to participating actively in the treatment of patients, these individuals also calculate the amount of radiation given during each treatment. They follow procedures regarding exposure to radiation for themselves and patients, and check equipment frequently to ensure proper operation. An Associate's degree is required for this occupation.

A Radiation Therapist can get average salaries between 56000 and 84000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Radiation Therapists can get an average compensation of Seventy Eight Thousand Five Hundred dollars each year.

Radiation Therapists are compensated at the highest average salary in South Carolina, where they earn average pay levels of about $97090. They are paid at the highest level in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they get pay levels, on average, of $83900.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.87 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Radiation Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Educational Services $83,900
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $83,380
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $78,540
Health Care and Social Assistance $78,130
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance $78,130
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $78,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $83,380
Educational Services $83,900
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