Xray tech~ more $$$ than RN??? - page 3

Hi everyone. I'm a little confused about something. I know this girl, let's call her Miss Braggart. Anyhow, she's a friend of a friend of a friend and after speaking to her a few times i've come to... Read More

  1. Visit  Shotzie profile page
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    Before people get upset that nurses might not be making what rad-techs do, go to the web and look at local salary quotes.
    Rad techs do a valuable job. I appreciate them.
    But they have always made less than nurses.
    In my area the average salary for an RN (plain, ordinary, no special anythings) is $58,000 per year.
    The average income for a regular Rad-Tech is $48-51K,
    Nuc-Med- $ 52K, MRI $53.5K, CT-Tech- $48K
    Now if you add shift diffs, call pay, charge pay, management pay or special skills and training you will get higher numbers for all.
    If you don't believe me, use the link posted earlier for salary.com. It is one of several places you can go to see real salary numbers.
    MrChicagoRN likes this.
  2. Visit  SoulShine75 profile page
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    Quote from pcc nurse
    You don't go into nursing just for the money. You develop a relationship with your patients because you spend more time with them. You need to pick a career that YOU like, that makes you happy, and at the end of the day- makes you feel good that you made a difference!
    I don't think it makes someone a bad person or a bad nurse, lawyer, salesman, gardener, mechanic etc... for thinking about what kind of pay they'll be getting when working towards a career or at a job, it makes them smart. It's your livlihood, security and future. Of course I want to know about the pay, who doesn't? I want to be compensated for all of the time, blood, sweat and money I put into my education and hard work. No one works for free, and I'm not talking about volunteer work, you work to make a living and you can't make a living without getting paid.

    On the other hand, I think that people who go into this field for the money are in for a huge reality check. Nursing isn't a glamourous job by any means. I've worked in the healthcare field for years and years and I'm taking this route because this is what I have always wanted, from the time I was a candy striper as a young girl. I think nurses deserve every penny of what they get, if not more.
  3. Visit  Antikigirl profile page
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    Quote from nuttyRN
    I live in Oregon, just got into it with an xray tech about pt care (long horrid story) but heard xray techs start out at $27/hr while RNs start at $25! Don't know the truth behind the rumor though. just an FYI!
    Nutty..you are correct! I also live in Oregon and my hubby (paramedic) and I are actually playing with going back to school to become MRI/X-ray/sonographic techs because they do make more money. I am in the $23.00 range, pretty good for assisted living charge nurse/floor nurse (when needed, which is more times than any..LOL!), and my hubby has been with his company 9 years and makes near $18.00. I have talked to many MRI/X-ray/sonographic techs that make starting of 25-27 and within a few years as much as 30!

    Sometimes I wonder why I am knocking myself out, and hubby too...if we can do this instead and make more money?!?!?! It is seriously being considered by both of us! ( I mean...we would keep our day job...LOL, but I guess "glow" at night..LOL!)...:chuckle
  4. Visit  NurseFirst profile page
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    At least you don't have to deal with her every day in class...one of my fellow students is like that. I first ran into her when doing pre-reqs the year prior to starting school.:uhoh21:
  5. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    It all depends on demand and areas you live. Some x-ray specialties like our CT Scanners make very good money. Nuclear radiology is also a highly specialized field that requires IV therapy, etc. They make good money as well. So we're might not be talking about the one who takes xrays. We had one who got her RN and the new grad RN salary wasn't what she was making as a CT tech with many years experience, so she does both.

    Anyway, this person has no self-esteem. She judges herself and others based on labels, money and job description. She's very shallow indeed.
  6. Visit  Da Monk profile page
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    I think I'll try selling cars!
  7. Visit  NurseFirst profile page
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    I could believe the academics are tougher in RadTech programs. And, in fact, a friend of mine started RadTech school and will be going straight through for 2 years--no summers off.

    What I'm curious is, is the patient responsibility as great? I don't have any problem with the nursing academics--I have more problems with the actual application, and have lost sleep over my patients, wondering if I should have advocated for them better. What is the responsibility of the Rad Tech if an unstable patient needs to be xrayed?

    NurseFirst
  8. Visit  oregonrene profile page
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    According to the job postings at a large hospital chain in my area, Radiologic Techs start out at 19.14/hr. RNs start out at 23.99/hr.
  9. Visit  SoulShine75 profile page
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    Quote from NurseFirst
    At least you don't have to deal with her every day in class...one of my fellow students is like that. I first ran into her when doing pre-reqs the year prior to starting school.:uhoh21:
    Maybe it's the same girl LOL
  10. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    Also it's all relative. A college graduate in Biology teaching high school can look at my asssociates degree and be insulted that with two years of college I more more than him. So I not to be insulted what others make.
    ChelseaLynn1623 likes this.
  11. Visit  txspadequeenRN profile page
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    Dont ya just hate people like that. Tell her your allnurses.com sister makes over 21/ hour as a LVN, so she now can shut her pie hole. Dont forget to tell her I take my hillbilly self down to the governor's house for dinner once a week...
  12. Visit  SoulShine75 profile page
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    Quote from oregonrene
    According to the job postings at a large hospital chain in my area, Radiologic Techs start out at 19.14/hr. RNs start out at 23.99/hr.
    Oregon is sounding better and better by the minute. LOL :chuckle No one makes that much around here, unless you've worked somewhere for 10 + years.
  13. Visit  SoulShine75 profile page
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    Quote from txspadequeen921
    Dont ya just hate people like that. Tell her your allnurses.com sister makes over 21/ hour as a LVN, so she now can shut her pie hole. Dont forget to tell her I take my hillbilly self down to the governor's house for dinner once a week...
    LOL...thanks I needed a good laugh. I'll make sure to tell her. :chuckle

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