If you want to become a radiologist, you will need to go through plenty of schooling and training. The salary at the end of the road is high relative to other careers, which drives many to endure the years of education and training. Those with a love of medicine, love of helping others or a fascination with diagnostics will be handsomely rewarded once their training has been completed.
After earning a bachelor’s degree, you will go on to four more years of medical school including two years of clinical rotations. In addition, as a radiologist you will need to complete another four years of radiology residency and a one or two-year fellowship in a specialized area.
With so much training, you probably want to know how much money you’ll make once you’re finished and you become a radiologist. Will the salary be worth all the training? Are you going to be rewarded for more than a decade of your life being dedicated to becoming a professional radiologist?
Auntminnie.com released a report in July of 2017 showing the median annual salary for a radiologist at nearly $503,225. Indeed.com, on the other hand had the average annual salary for a radiologist at just about $204K. This was based on 791 salaries submitted by radiologists anonymously across the country. Most had been a radiologist for one to three years. When reviewing these numbers, it is important to consider the difference between radiologist and radiologist technician salaries, as these can be very different. You should also consider the differences between medians and averages, because that can skew the results too.
The salary you will earn depends on where you work and your specialty. Some of the highest radiologist salaries across the United States reported by Indeed.com included:
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Radiologist – $318,812
- Foster Crown, LLC Radiologist – $305,588
- Radiology Physician Solutions of Florida, LLC Radiologist – $400,000
- UT Le Bonheur Pediatric Specialists Radiologist – $362,880
- William Beaumont Hospital Radiologist – $350,669
- ProScan Imaging Radiologist – $325,000
- Paris Community Hospital Radiologist – $325,000
- Tal Healthcare Radiologist – $317,657
- Radiology Associates of Valdosta Radiologist – $300,000
- Salem Radiology Consultants, PC Radiologist – $300,000
Along with these higher salaries reported to Indeed.com, some of the lowest included:
- Jamestown Radiologists, P.C. Radiologist – $121,554
- Clinical Management Consultants Radiologist – $73,935
- Federal Government Jobs Radiologists – $72,967
- Indian Health Service Radiologist – $60,632
- Department of Health and Human Services Radiologist – $52,121
The company a radiologist works for makes a difference, but so does the location. Radiologist salaries around the US can vary quite a bit from one location to another. Here’s a look at what the average salary is for some states and cities for radiologists, according to the Indeed.com survey.
- Alabama – $114 per hour
- Arizona – $51,565 per year
- California – $190 per day
- Florida – $172,185 per year
- Georgia – $153,534 per year
- Illinois – $196,254 per year
- Indiana – $190 per day
- Iowa – $322, 161 per year
- Michigan – $261,850 per year
- Minnesota – $239,097 per year
- Missouri – $261,374 per year
- Montana – $52,075 per year
- New York – $265,617 per year
- Ohio – $217,734 per year
- Oregon – $244,409 per year
- Pennsylvania – $234,044 per year
- Tennessee – $209,704 per year
- Texas – $192,281 per year
- Washington – $245,936 per year
- Seattle, WA – $187,774 per year
- Fort Worth, TX – $276,718 per year
- Philadelphia, PA – $292,926 per year
- Cincinnati, OH – $265,915 per year
- New York City, NY – $288,630 per year
- Louis, MO – $1,000 per day
- San Diego, CA – $40 per hour
- Birmingham, AL – $134 per hour
These figures are based on a small survey done by Indeed.com. According to SalaryVoice.com, the State of New York actually has a yearly average salary of $454K for radiologist, while California has an average salary of $355K and Texas has an average salary of $310K. These three states are known as the top paying states for radiologists.
While most radiologists will make a salary of more than $150K per year, there are some government jobs and other jobs that don’t pay as much. Some of the highest salaries are based on the company the radiologist works for and the specialty. The amount of experience can also make a pretty big difference.
Regardless of the location, specialty or experience level, most radiologists make at least a six-figure income each year. It’s a lucrative field, but does require quite a bit of training before you can start making such a large salary.