X-ray operator - Salary and Career
Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

X-ray operator - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They perform diagnostic or treatment exams, process images and/or graphics, plan care, organize the work area, equipment and accessories, operate equipment, prepare patients for diagnostic or treatment exams, act in the orientation of patients, family members and caregivers and work with biosecurity.

How much does an X-ray operator earn

A X-ray operator earns between $1.707 and $4.405 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.332 and a median salary of $2.129 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 14.096 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the X-ray operator

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.332 27.978 583 17
1º Quartile 1.707 20.487 427 13
Median Salary 2.129 25.543 532 16
3º Quartile 3.359 40.311 840 25
Higher Salary 4.405 52.857 1.101 32


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

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Main workplaces

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods they perform their duties in medical, dental and ophthalmic clinics, outpatient clinics, hospitals and specialized laboratories. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, but some can work as self-employed. They work in a team, supervised by doctors, permanently and/or occasionally. They work in shifts, indoors and most subject to radiation and toxic material.


What does it take to work in the field of Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods

The exercise of these occupations requires higher education in technology in the operation of medical, dental and ophthalmic equipment and high school technical training, except for the spirometry technician, whose requirement is high school, plus a specific course, offered by professional training institutions, technical schools and training institutions in higher technology courses. Professional experience is not required for the technological level for the technical level, it occurs after experience of less than one year in the area, noting that for the spirometry technician, the full performance of the activities occurs after the performance and analysis of at least 200 exams. Professional apprenticeship may be required for Positions listed in this occupational family.


Functions and activities of X-ray operator

Technologists and technicians in diagnostic and therapeutic methods must:

  • plan care;
  • plan attendance;
  • advise the patient;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment exams;
  • perform diagnostic or treatment examinations;
  • work with biosafety;
  • planned attendance;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • organize workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • work with biosafety;
  • planner attendance;
  • process images and/or graphics;
  • planejar service;
  • planar attendance;
  • advise patient;
  • organize work area, equipment and accessories;
  • communicate;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • prepare patient for diagnostic examination;
  • orient patient;
  • planning attendance;
  • guide the patient;
  • arrange workspace, equipment and accessories;
  • planning service;
  • care plan;
  • guide patient;
  • working with biosafety;

  • Activities

    • prepare the operating table;
    • handle radioactive substances;
    • provide additional patient preparation;
    • use dosimeter (measurement of radiation received);
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • submit to periodic examinations;
    • put protective devices on the patient;
    • assemble emergency medicine cart;
    • request the presence of other professionals involved in the exam;
    • containing radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • replace expired medicines and materials;
    • perform breast support;
    • initialize image acquisition, processing, distribution and storage systems ;
    • evaluate extrinsic ocular motility;
    • demonstrate focused attention;
    • make exam results available;
    • implement actions to promote and prevent eye health;
    • monitor the exam's image record;
    • educate patient on exam preparation;
    • adjust the patient's position to the exam;
    • check the anatomical area demarcated for examination and/or treatment;
    • adapt agenda for priority patient care;
    • perform preselection of the best accepted graphic;
    • explain procedures and routines;
    • manage human, financial and material resources;
    • isolate workspace for examination;
    • demonstrate leadership ability;
    • educate technical staff;
    • collect material from the ocular surface;
    • monitor the patient through equipment;
    • request material replacement;
    • instruct patient on exam preparation;
    • check availability of exam material;
    • remove patient from the equipment;
    • move portable equipment;
    • perform preventive and corrective maintenance of ophthalmic equipment;
    • demonstrate negotiation skills;
    • immobilize the patient;
    • monitor the team's dosimetric report;
    • demonstrate understanding towards the patient;
    • demonstrate understanding for the patient;
    • interview patient;
    • administer pharmacological and/or radioactive substances;
    • monitor radioactive waste for disposal;
    • analyze exam request and/or patient record;
    • demonstrate verbal communication skills;
    • elaborate tables of exposure to radiographic technique;
    • distribute tasks;
    • check technical conditions of equipment and accessories;
    • assist in radiotherapy treatment planning;
    • record performed exams;
    • demonstrate proactiveness;
    • instrument eye surgery;
    • advise the patient in the care of contact lenses;
    • stimulate the patient to reach the acceptance and reproducibility criteria (guidelines from sbpt);
    • minimize the time of exposure to radiation;
    • applying administrative procedures;
    • making molds and models;
    • sanitize the patient;
    • administer contrast agents and/or medications under medical supervision;
    • remove mobile prostheses and patient adornments;
    • adjust equipment and accessories to the patient and the type of exam and/ or treatment;
    • delimit the field to be irradiated;
    • perform antisepsis;
    • check equipment;
    • delimit the image acquisition area;
    • work as a team;
    • advise the patient about the procedures before and after eye surgery;
    • patient scheduling plan;
    • demonstrate adaptability;
    • submit the examination to medical examination;
    • eliminate interference from other devices;
    • perform searches;
    • analyze technical quality of exams;
    • edit images;
    • empower technical staff;
    • order the sequence of exams;
    • train the patient in the handling of optical and non-optical resources;
    • provide cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • describe the patient's conditions and reactions during the examination;
    • organizing work team;
    • interact with entities and other professionals;
    • manipulate digital images;
    • calibrate equipment;
    • demonstrate procedures and techniques;
    • demonstrate proactivity;
    • organize work team;
    • determine the removal of persons not involved in the exam;
    • wearing;
    • transmit security;
    • apply administrative procedures;
    • advise the patient and/or companion and assistants on the procedures during the exam;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient's chart;
    • remove movable prostheses and patient adornments;
    • assist the patient to put on and take off the equipment;
    • check physical and psychological conditions and patient preparation;
    • offering protection resources to other professionals and companions present;
    • request equipment maintenance;
    • schedule preventive maintenance of equipment;
    • check understanding of orientation;
    • measure the patient's height and weight;
    • identify exam;
    • clear doubts;
    • demonstrate analytical reasoning ability;
    • select material for exam;
    • adapt technical protocols to the exam;
    • provide advice;
    • initialize equipment;
    • organize darkroom and lightroom;
    • give lectures and courses;
    • handle contrast media;
    • discuss the case with the work team;
    • elaborate graphics devices;
    • use personal protective equipment;
    • perform a radiometric survey;
    • place electrodes on patient;
    • monitor the patient's behavioral reactions;
    • providing cleaning and asepsis of the room and equipment;
    • monitor work area contamination;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • work under pressure;
    • isolate workspace for exam;
    • perform manual or computerized cephalometric tracing;
    • monitor the tracing record (graphic) of the exam;
    • operate equipment;
    • adjust equipment;
    • develop new technologies;
    • provide additional patient preparations;
    • process film in the darkroom;
    • get patient information;
    • log data;
    • receive request for exams and/or patient record;
    • supervise technical staff;
    • monitor the patient's reactions to contrasts and/or medications;
    • develop programs to promote and prevent eye health;
    • document exams;
    • participate in area events;
    • complementary examination;
    • install equipment;
    • demonstrate organization;
    • report;
    • perform trichotomy;
    • package radioactive materials for transport or disposal;
    • confirm patient identity;
    • check availability of radiation protection devices;
    • analyze processed image rejects;
    • advise patient about care after the exam;
    • analyze graphic records;
    • advise the patient about care after the exam;
    • measure functions of the visual apparatus;


    Sectors that hire X-ray operator the most in the job market

    • hospital care activities
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • tomography services
    • health management support activities
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • temporary labor lease
    • clinical laboratories
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights




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