Radiologists ride Rocky Mountain high in SalaryScan survey

By Brian Casey, staff writer

June 1, 2006 -- The Mountain states were very good to radiologists in 2005, with medical imaging specialists in the eight-state region reporting the highest salaries in's 2006 SalaryScan survey.

Radiologists in the U.S. Mountain states reported an average annual base salary of $376,536 for the 2006 SalaryScan survey, after taking fourth place with an average base salary of $347,111 in the 2005 survey. The change represents growth of 8.5%, greater than the survey's margin of error of ± 6.2%.The region, based on U.S. Census criteria, includes Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Coming in second was the U.S. South Atlantic region, comprising Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Washington, DC. Radiologists in this area reported an average base salary of $367,423 in the 2006 survey, compared with $360,984 in the 2005 edition.

Despite these bright spots, five of the nine SalaryScan regions reported drops in average base radiologist salaries (although some of these declines were within the survey's margin of error). Declines were reported in the U.S. regions of West North Central, East South Central, New England, West South Central, and Pacific.

Radiologists in the U.S. West North Central region reported the biggest drop in salaries, with the area falling from first place in the 2005 survey to third place in the 2006 update. The average base salary in the region in the most recent survey was $348,600, compared with $396,174 in the 2005 edition. The region includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.

On the other side of the coin, radiologic technologists reported salary gains in all of the nine SalaryScan regions.

As in the 2005 survey, the U.S. Pacific region was the most lucrative for radiologic technologists (RTs), with SalaryScan respondents reporting an average base salary of $68,908 in the 2006 edition, compared with $65,785 in the 2005 survey.

Most of the other regions in the 2006 survey tracked closely with the 2005 edition. The U.S. East South Central region once again brought up the rear, with RTs in the area reporting an average base salary of $49,922, compared with $48,395 in the 2005 survey.

For radiologists from other countries, SalaryScan offers the following data:

  • Canadian radiologists reported an average base salary of $353,700 (U.S. dollars).
  • Australian and New Zealand radiologists, $327,275.
  • Western European radiologists, $164,972.
  • Middle Eastern and Central Asian radiologists, $56,706.

AuntMinnie members can conduct searches on comparable salaries in their professions and regions by going to the SalaryScan data query tool on AuntMinnie's Job Boards home page, at

By Brian Casey staff writer
June 1, 2006

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