Radiologist Salary

Becoming a radiologist requires a lot of work and years of intensive schooling.

Many people enter the radiological profession due to the prospect of a high salary.

Physician salaries are usually on the higher end of the spectrum, and radiology is no exception.

Of course, you may be wondering, exactly how much does a radiologist make in a year? Per hour? Which states have the best salaries for radiologists?

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the salary reporting websites, we have compiled this guide to answer all your questions about radiologist salaries.

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How Much Do Radiologists Make a Year?

Radiologists are among some of the highest-paid physicians, up there with orthopedic and plastic surgeons. According to data from Glassdoor, the average annual salary for radiologists in 2018 was $335,435. The highest-earning 10% of radiologists earned up to $460,00 and the lowest 10% earned as little as $166,000. The additional cash compensation for radiologists was $22,741.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have data on radiology as a specific profession, but according to their pages, the average annual physician/surgeon salary in 2018 was over $208,000, which includes salaries of radiologists.

How Much Do Radiologists Make an Hour?

Based on average annual salary, radiologists in the US made an average of $161.25/hr.

This figure was calculated assuming a 40 hr work week. In actuality, radiologists usually work more than 40 hrs a week and often work nights and weekends.

The number of hours worked per week depends heavily on the specific hospital, private practice, or research institutions the radiologist is employed with.

Again, the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have a specific page for radiologists, but according to data from their page of physicians/surgeons, the average per hour pay for radiologists in 2018 was over $100/hr.

Starting Salary for Radiologists
According to data from Glassdoor, the starting annual salary for radiologists hovers around $166,000/year. In general, the more accomplished and educated the physician is, the higher the salary.

For instance, radiology interns and residents usually make around $53,000-$61,000. The $166,000/year figure is for attending radiologists who have completed at least a 5-year residency.

Radiologist Salary by State

StateHourly median wageAnnual median wage
Alabama$79$163,790
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas$61$127,190
California$98$204,190
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia$80$167,090
Florida$95$197,710
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois$77$160,050
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas$90$186,790
Kentucky
Louisiana$79$164,470
Maine
Maryland$88$182,970
Massachusetts
Michigan$83$173,480
Minnesota
Mississippi$69$143,010
Missouri$96$198,920
Montana
Nebraska$55$114,250
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York$67$139,710
North Carolina$95$196,670
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma$55$114,570
Oregon$96$199,960
Pennsylvania$90$187,440
Puerto Rico$53$109,490
Rhode Island$95$197,950
South Carolina$82$170,280
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas$94$195,630
Utah
Vermont$73$151,020
Virgin Islands$51$106,860
Virginia$97$201,770
Washington
West Virginia

New York has the highest average salary rates for radiologists at $308,814, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Hawaii ($306,582, $302,203, $290,184, $286,150). The states with the lowest average radiologist salaries are Mississippi, Florida, and North Carolina, at $240,797, $237,013, and $219,704. Thus, it seems that, in terms of annual salary, the best states to be a radiologist are in the Northeast and the worst areas are in the Southeast and Midwest.

Similar Occupations Compared

Radiologists$335,000
Surgeons$255,110
Anesthesiologists$267,020
Psychiatrists$220,380
Pediatricians$183,240

Best Industries for Radiologists

As with any medical field, radiologists become specialized and their salary is largely dependent on their specialization, As of 2019, the best subspecialties for radiologists are:

  • Interventional radiology: $470,000-$600,000
  • Diagnostic radiology: $400,000-$562,500
  • Pediatric radiology: $320,000+
  • Radiation oncologist: $270,000-$441,000

The average pay of radiology subspecialties varies greatly depending on years of experience, state, and the particular form of employment (hospital, research institution, private practice). As of now, however, it seems that interventional radiology is the highest paying subfield of radiology.

Radiologist Demand & Job Outlook

There is a growing demand for radiologists. While specific job growth figures on the specialty for the most recent year are not available, the 2019 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives found that radiology was among the top-5 requested physician search terms in 2018-2019, indicating a very large growth since 2012 when it was not even in the top-20 searches.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall number of physicians and surgeons, including radiologists, is expected to grow by 7% from 2018-2028. This growth will be spurred on by the fact that many current radiologists are close to retirement age.

In general, medical professionals, radiologists included have good job prospects as most physicians are paired with residencies after completing medical school. Prospects may be the best in more rural areas that may have a lack of specialized medical personnel.

Where Do Radiologists Work?

Most radiologists are employed in hospitals, private practices, or research institutions. In general, those employed in private practices have the highest salaries.

Some radiologists work for research institutions and universities, and other work for pharmaceutical companies or are affiliated with medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Many physicians, including radiologists, are working in group practices or organizations where they share patients with a large number of other doctors.

This group organization allows doctors more time off but affords less independence as you would be working with many other doctors.

Most radiologists work irregular hours and are frequently on call during nights, weekends, and holidays.

Radiologists may be required to respond to emergencies if they are on call. In some rare cases, a radiologist may make an emergency visit to a patient’s home.

How Can I Start Working as a Radiologist?

Becoming a radiologist requires many years of schooling and practice.

You must first complete at least 4 years of medical school and then 5-7 years of residency. As a resident, you will be a full-fledged doctor working with actual patients, but you will not be allowed to work without the supervision of an attending physician.

Once you complete your residency, you can practice as a radiologist autonomously. Overall, the process to become a radiologist takes 9-12 years after college.

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