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The Average Salary of a Radiation Therapist

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Radiation therapists use linear accelerators to direct high-energy X-rays at diseased body tissues, especially cancerous tumors. These treatments aim at destroying or shrinking abnormal cells as part of the overall therapy prescribed by a physician. Radiation therapists usually qualify for the career through associate or bachelor's degree programs in radiation therapy, and most states also require certification and licensing. A career as a radiation therapist typically pays well.

Average Salary

The average salary for radiation therapy jobs was $39.30 per hour as of 2013, or $81,740 annually, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The lowest-earning 10 percent of radiation therapists earned $53,010 per year or less, and the top 10 percent received $114,900 annually or more.

Industry Salaries

As of 2013, the two top industries of employment for radiation therapists were general medical and surgical hospitals, and doctors' offices. Radiation therapists in hospitals averaged $79,050 annually in 2013, and those in doctors' offices averaged $86,920 a year, according to the BLS. The third-largest employer was outpatient care centers, where they averaged $85,860 per year. Specialty hospitals, in fourth place for jobs, paid $90,490 in average annual wages.

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State Differences

The state with the most jobs for radiation therapists in 2013 was New York, where wages averaged $96,770 annually, according to the BLS. California came next for jobs and reported average earnings of $98,230 per year. In Pennsylvania, third for employment, annual wages averaged $75,270 a year. Connecticut reported the highest wages of any state, an average of $105,120 annually, but had only 300 radiation therapy jobs.

2016 Salary Information for Radiation Therapists

Radiation therapists earned a median annual salary of $80,160 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, radiation therapists earned a 25th percentile salary of $64,620, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $100,800, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 19,100 people were employed in the U.S. as radiation therapists.

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