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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-2035 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort, and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures, and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified, and position of entry.


National estimates for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
Industry profile for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
Geographic profile for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

National estimates for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,070 1.8 % $ 37.41 $ 77,820 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 28.42 $ 29.85 $ 37.19 $ 43.30 $ 48.50
Annual Wage (2) $ 59,110 $ 62,090 $ 77,360 $ 90,050 $ 100,870


Industry profile for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 22,750 0.41 $ 37.18 $ 77,340
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 6,980 2.37 $ 37.49 $ 77,970
Offices of Physicians 5,750 0.21 $ 35.60 $ 74,040
Outpatient Care Centers 1,030 0.10 $ 52.15 $ 108,470
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 510 0.19 $ 42.33 $ 88,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 6,980 2.37 $ 37.49 $ 77,970
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 22,750 0.41 $ 37.18 $ 77,340
Offices of Physicians 5,750 0.21 $ 35.60 $ 74,040
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 510 0.19 $ 42.33 $ 88,050
Outpatient Care Centers 1,030 0.10 $ 52.15 $ 108,470

Top paying industries for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 1,030 0.10 $ 52.15 $ 108,470
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 270 0.01 $ 44.06 $ 91,650
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 510 0.19 $ 42.33 $ 88,050
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $ 40.63 $ 84,510
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 6,980 2.37 $ 37.49 $ 77,970


Geographic profile for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of magnetic resonance imaging technologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 3,270 0.38 1.41 $ 32.50 $ 67,590
Texas 2,690 0.22 0.81 $ 37.68 $ 78,380
Illinois 2,560 0.46 1.69 $ 37.05 $ 77,060
California 2,470 0.15 0.55 $ 52.20 $ 108,580
New York 2,230 0.26 0.95 $ 42.84 $ 89,110


Map of location quotient of magnetic resonance imaging technologists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 2,560 0.46 1.69 $ 37.05 $ 77,060
Rhode Island 200 0.45 1.65 $ 42.21 $ 87,790
Delaware 190 0.43 1.58 $ 37.05 $ 77,070
Louisiana 760 0.42 1.56 $ 28.72 $ 59,740
Massachusetts 1,400 0.41 1.53 $ 42.33 $ 88,040


Map of annual mean wages of magnetic resonance imaging technologists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,470 0.15 0.55 $ 52.20 $ 108,580
Alaska 110 0.36 1.34 $ 50.02 $ 104,040
Hawaii 100 0.19 0.70 $ 48.90 $ 101,700
Washington 700 0.22 0.81 $ 45.75 $ 95,160
Oregon 410 0.22 0.83 $ 44.62 $ 92,820



Map of employment of magnetic resonance imaging technologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,210 0.26 0.94 $ 44.79 $ 93,150
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,870 0.44 1.63 $ 38.63 $ 80,350
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,170 0.45 1.67 $ 42.24 $ 87,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 910 0.16 0.59 $ 49.34 $ 102,620
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 910 0.37 1.37 $ 34.47 $ 71,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 900 0.35 1.28 $ 36.39 $ 75,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 890 0.30 1.13 $ 41.74 $ 86,820
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 840 0.29 1.07 $ 38.51 $ 80,090
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 840 0.32 1.17 $ 37.29 $ 77,550
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 790 0.22 0.81 $ 40.12 $ 83,450


Map of location quotient of magnetic resonance imaging technologists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Punta Gorda, FL 50 1.04 3.85 $ 28.43 $ 59,130
Greenville, NC 70 0.90 3.34 $ 28.64 $ 59,570
Peoria, IL 120 0.77 2.83 $ 32.69 $ 67,980
Champaign-Urbana, IL 70 0.72 2.68 $ 36.02 $ 74,920
Ann Arbor, MI 130 0.67 2.47 $ 34.37 $ 71,500
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 340 0.67 2.46 $ 30.20 $ 62,810
Springfield, IL 60 0.66 2.45 $ 34.53 $ 71,820
Carbondale-Marion, IL 30 0.64 2.39 $ 29.62 $ 61,610
Manchester, NH 70 0.64 2.37 $ 40.97 $ 85,210
Sioux Falls, SD 100 0.64 2.37 $ 28.44 $ 59,160


Map of annual mean wages of magnetic resonance imaging technologists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.15 0.56 $ 64.23 $ 133,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 330 0.15 0.54 $ 61.50 $ 127,930
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 140 0.14 0.53 $ 57.96 $ 120,550
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.19 0.70 $ 57.59 $ 119,780
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 210 0.15 0.55 $ 52.18 $ 108,540
Modesto, CA 30 0.19 0.70 $ 50.75 $ 105,550
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 310 0.16 0.61 $ 50.50 $ 105,040
Anchorage, AK 90 0.55 2.04 $ 50.39 $ 104,800
Urban Honolulu, HI 70 0.18 0.68 $ 50.32 $ 104,660
Fresno, CA 70 0.17 0.65 $ 49.61 $ 103,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 1.63 $ 32.51 $ 67,620
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 1.99 $ 32.18 $ 66,930
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 1.23 $ 35.32 $ 73,470
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 60 0.19 0.69 $ 32.11 $ 66,780
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 1.17 $ 28.92 $ 60,160

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 60 0.67 2.49 $ 31.18 $ 64,850
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 2.11 $ 34.19 $ 71,120
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.54 1.99 $ 32.18 $ 66,930
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 1.63 $ 32.51 $ 67,620
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 1.45 $ 29.66 $ 61,680

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 0.26 0.98 $ 43.18 $ 89,810
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 1.23 $ 35.32 $ 73,470
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 2.11 $ 34.19 $ 71,120
Northern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 0.99 $ 33.99 $ 70,700
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.79 $ 33.72 $ 70,140


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022