Radiation Therapist Salary Guide and Career Outlook

The median radiation therapist salary in the United States is around $69,035 per year, which means an hourly pay of $32.09. Same professionals living in Canada win around C$61,674 ($48,008) each year, while those from the UK make £50,007 ($67,050) per year. Radiation therapists living in Australia win an annual median wage of AU$62,781 ($47,537).

New Zealand professionals are making NZ$1o1,683 ($70,072) per year. People with the same job working in India make just Rs461,259 ($7,158) annually. While in South Africa the radiation therapist salary is R292,819 ($21,419) per year. In this article, we will present the main factors influencing the salaries of radiation therapists, their work schedule, and career outlooks. Also, we will see how this annual income varies in each state and location.

How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Make per Year by Country?

Radiation Therapist Salary US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly Pay $32.09 C$29.65*($23.08) £24 ($32.18) AU$36.19 ($27.40) NZ$49 ($33.77) Rs222 ($3.45) R 140.77* ($10.30)
Annual Pay $69,035 C$61,674 ($48,008) £50,007 ($67,050) AU$62,781 ($47,537) NZ$1o1,683 ($70,072) Rs461,259 ($7,158) R292,819 ($21,419)

A * means that the hourly wage was extrapolated from the annual salary.

Radiation Therapist Salary Influencing Factors

Radiation therapists work in hospitals, outpatient centers, and other medical facilities while their salary depends mainly on experience and location.

radiation therapist salary

1. Location

How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Professional Make in the US?

Geography plays the most important role in the salary of a radiation therapist. For instance, radiation therapists living in New York and San Francisco have the highest salaries across the US. More precisely, the annual wage in these locations is around $104,000. In addition, those working in Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, and Boston are also well-paid because in these locations the median radiation therapist salary ranges between $92,000 and $96,000 per year.

On the other hand, radiation therapists from Los Angeles and Seattle make a salary of around $83,000 per year. Even so, the lowest salaries are in Austin and Tampa as the median salary here is between $66,000 and $72,000 per year but still higher than the entry-level annual income.

Radiation Therapist Salary USA

Per Year Per Hour
Minimum $47,850
Maximum $93,387 $45.77
Bonus/Tip $4,404 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay $73.68
Total Pay $50,803 to $95,152
Radiation Therapist Salary by State

Below, we have prepared a table highlighting the annual average radiation therapist salary across the United States:

Arizona $63,000
Arkansas $78,000
California $82,000
Colorado $68,000
Connecticut $88,000
Delaware $67,000
District of Columbia $96,000
Florida $71,000
Georgia $87,000
Hawaii $47,000
Idaho $50,000
Illinois $87,000
Indiana $73,000
Iowa $75,000
Kansas $70,000
Kentucky $66,000
Louisiana $68,000
Maine $68,000
Maryland $79,000
Massachusetts $92,000
Michigan $77,000
Minnesota $67,000
Mississippi $80,000
Missouri $75,000
Montana $64,000
Nebraska $56,000
Nevada $58,000
New Hampshire $75,000
New Jersey $83,000
New Mexico $67,000
New York $93,000
North Carolina $73,000
North Dakota $68,000
Ohio $73,000
Oklahoma $71,000
Oregon $74,000
Pennsylvania $74,000
Puerto Rico $74,000
Rhode Island $70,000
South Carolina $76,000
South Dakota $58,000
Tennessee $71,000
Texas $74,000
Utah $60,000
Vermont $68,000
Virginia $77,000
Washington $79,000
West Virginia $72,000
Wisconsin $68,000
Wyoming $63,000
US Median Wage $69,035
Hourly Wage $32.09

 How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Professional Make in Canada?

Radiation Therapist Salary Canada

Per Year Per Hour
Minimum C$12,164 C$5.84
Maximum C$85,367 C$41.04
Bonus/Tip No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay C$26,000 to C$88,815

A (*) indicates that the hourly rate was not available and was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Professional Make in the UK?

Radiation Therapist Salary UK

Per Year Per Hour
Minimum £35,407 £17.02*
Maximum £81,913 £39.38*
Bonus/Tip £845 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay £35,407 to £61,913

The (*) also indicates that the hourly pay was extrapolated from the annual pay.

How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Professional Make in Australia?

Radiation Therapist Salary Australia

Per Year Per Hour
Minimum AU$40,547 AU$26.50
Maximum AU$100,899 AU$59.30
Bonus/Tip No additional pay No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay AU$57.25
Total Pay AU$41,718 to AU$102,434

How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Professional Make in New Zealand?

Radiation Therapist Salary New Zealand

Per Year Per Hour
Minimum NZ$1o1,683 NZ$49
Maximum No additional pay No additional pay
Bonus/Tip NZ$1,718 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay NZ$72,057 to NZ$125,996

How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Professional Make in India?

Radiation Therapist Salary India

Per Year Per Hour
Minimum Rs 461,259 Rs 222
Maximum No additional pay No additional pay
Bonus/Tip Rs 7,795 No additional pay
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay Rs 331,635 to Rs 579,885

How Much Does a Radiation Therapist Professional Make in South Africa?

Radiation Therapist Salary South Africa

Per Year Per Hour
Minimum R186,563 R89.69*
Maximum R505,677 R243.11*
Bonus/Tip No additional pay R22,000
Overtime No additional pay No additional pay
Total Pay R186,563 to R524,022

The (*) also indicates that the hourly rate was not available and was extrapolated from the annual pay.

2. Experience

The starting salary for a US radiation therapist is around $61,000. More experienced radiation therapists with 5-10 years in the field make around $69,000 per year. Furthermore, those with 10 to 20 years of experience earn an annual median salary of $75,000. Also, radiation therapists with an experience of over 20 years have an annual income of $85,000 each year.

Entry-level radiation therapists from the UK make £35,407 each year, while those more experienced make about £61,913 annually. Same professionals working in New Zealand win a wage of NZ$72,057 at the beginning of their career, to later make an yearly median wage of NZ$125,996 after gaining more work experience. While radiation therapists living in India initially make Rs 331,635 per year, later when they are seniors they win an annual wage of Rs 579,885.

3. Industry

Radiation therapists work in the healthcare industry, they can work in state or private hospitals, were they operate specialized machinery and work with patients.

  • Outpatient care centers – $83,360
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private – $81,450
  • Offices of physicians – $76,420

Schedule & Working Hours

Radiation therapists work full time and they usually have a regular working schedule. However, this job is physically and mentally demanding as well. Plus, sometimes they can work weekends and do night shifts as every hospital needs a radiation therapist to always be on-call. Even so, job satisfaction is high among radiation therapists.

Bonuses & Benefits

Country United States Canada United Kingdom Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Medical 77 100 28 80
Dental 67 33 20
Vision 59 13
None 21 72 20

The table above presents percents of healthcare benefits by country. The (–) indicates that there is no health care information available.

Career Outlook

Based on BLS information, the employment rate of radiation therapists is expected to increase by 12 percent until 2026. More precisely, this higher demand of radiations therapists will result in around 2,300 new jobs. Still, competition will be strong, so only the most qualified professionals will get one of these jobs.

Any radiation therapist can promote to other better-paid positions, after more studies, of course, they can become a radiologist, a job position that pays more.

Conclusion

To sum up, this occupation is a secure career choice and job outlooks are quite encouraging as well. Also, even if you will sometimes work under a bit of pressure, the median radiation therapist salary is highly rewarding regardless of the location.

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  1. Buffy April 27, 2017

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