> Welcome to HEABC > Resources > Health Care Workers in BC > Medical Radiation Technologists
Text Size: A A A

Medical Radiation Technologists

At a glance

• 1,800 employees
• 1,200 FTEs
• 41.8 years = average age
• $91,700 per year = average compensation including benefits of a Full-Time medical radiation technologist

There are 1,800 medical radiation technologists in BC who perform diagnostic imaging examinations including fluoroscopy and radiography in publicly funded medical imaging departments across the province. The combined total straight-time (not including overtime) hours of work is equivalent to 1,200 full-time employees. Most medical radiation technologists work in acute care facilities (88.6 per cent).

Grade I medical radiation technologists who work under the general supervision of another medical radiation technologist, account for 30.3 per cent of total full-time equivalents (FTEs).

FTE trend (2008-2013)*

FTE and employee trend2013

The average age of a medical radiation technologist is 41.8 years, which is lower than it was in 2009 (42.6 years). Approximately 16.5 per cent of medical radiation technologists are now 55 years or older, an increase from 2009 when 14.3 per cent of medical radiation technologists were 55 years or older.

Employees by Age Group (2009 vs. 2013)


Wages and benefits
The average annual compensation for one full-time medical radiation technologist is $91,700 or $48.80 per hour, including wages and benefits. Since 2005, medical radiation technologist wages have increased by 10.2 per cent while the rate of inflation (BC Consumer Price Index) during this period was 10.0 per cent.

Wage Settlements vs. Inflation (BC CPI 2005-2013)


Compensation breakdown for a full-time medical radiation technologist (2013)


Overtime and sick leave
Decreasing since 2009, medical radiation technologists have received between an hour-and-a-half and one hour of overtime per week. Paid sick leave for medical radiation technologists has fluctuated between ten and nine days of paid sick leave over the past five years.


Last updated: 10/11/2014