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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1124 Radiation Therapists

Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiation oncologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment, and protection devices; and maintaining records, reports, and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.


National estimates for Radiation Therapists
Industry profile for Radiation Therapists
Geographic profile for Radiation Therapists

National estimates for Radiation Therapists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Radiation Therapists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
16,050 3.2 % $ 45.19 $ 94,000 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Radiation Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 29.34 $ 36.30 $ 39.80 $ 49.07 $ 61.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 61,030 $ 75,490 $ 82,790 $ 102,060 $ 128,550


Industry profile for Radiation Therapists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Radiation Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,180 0.16 $ 43.41 $ 90,280
Offices of Physicians 3,970 0.15 $ 46.33 $ 96,360
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,330 0.49 $ 49.49 $ 102,930
Outpatient Care Centers 750 0.08 $ 58.45 $ 121,570
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 510 0.17 $ 36.68 $ 76,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Radiation Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,330 0.49 $ 49.49 $ 102,930
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 510 0.17 $ 36.68 $ 76,290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 9,180 0.16 $ 43.41 $ 90,280
Offices of Physicians 3,970 0.15 $ 46.33 $ 96,360
Outpatient Care Centers 750 0.08 $ 58.45 $ 121,570

Top paying industries for Radiation Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 750 0.08 $ 58.45 $ 121,570
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,330 0.49 $ 49.49 $ 102,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 170 0.01 $ 48.14 $ 100,130
Offices of Physicians 3,970 0.15 $ 46.33 $ 96,360
Employment Services (8) (8) $ 43.62 $ 90,730


Geographic profile for Radiation Therapists:

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



Map of employment of radiation therapists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Radiation Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 1,840 0.15 1.32 $ 45.02 $ 93,640
New York 1,110 0.13 1.13 $ 60.80 $ 126,460
California 950 0.06 0.50 $ 66.54 $ 138,400
Wisconsin 880 0.32 2.79 $ 36.75 $ 76,440
Pennsylvania 850 0.15 1.34 $ 41.84 $ 87,040


Map of location quotient of radiation therapists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Radiation Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 270 0.59 5.14 $ 45.06 $ 93,720
Wisconsin 880 0.32 2.79 $ 36.75 $ 76,440
Connecticut 310 0.20 1.74 $ 49.25 $ 102,440
Missouri 500 0.18 1.61 $ 38.33 $ 79,720
Mississippi 180 0.16 1.43 $ 41.48 $ 86,280


Map of annual mean wages of radiation therapists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Radiation Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 950 0.06 0.50 $ 66.54 $ 138,400
New York 1,110 0.13 1.13 $ 60.80 $ 126,460
Oklahoma 190 0.13 1.10 $ 59.42 $ 123,590
Washington 260 0.08 0.70 $ 54.10 $ 112,520
Oregon 230 0.13 1.11 $ 52.85 $ 109,930



Map of employment of radiation therapists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Radiation Therapists:

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 1,240 0.14 1.25 $ 61.54 $ 128,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 760 0.21 1.86 $ 48.30 $ 100,460
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 560 0.21 1.85 $ 45.02 $ 93,630
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 460 0.11 0.96 $ 42.07 $ 87,510
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 440 0.15 1.35 $ 43.01 $ 89,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 340 0.12 1.03 $ 45.46 $ 94,560
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 280 0.11 0.94 $ 48.27 $ 100,410
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 280 0.52 4.55 $ 45.13 $ 93,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 270 0.05 0.42 $ 63.44 $ 131,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 230 0.09 0.79 $ 41.39 $ 86,090


Map of location quotient of radiation therapists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Radiation Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Columbia, MO 60 0.61 5.32 $ 33.00 $ 68,630
Wausau, WI 40 0.55 4.85 $ 32.42 $ 67,430
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 280 0.52 4.55 $ 45.13 $ 93,860
Madison, WI 160 0.43 3.77 $ 39.39 $ 81,940
Green Bay, WI 60 0.36 3.16 $ 35.67 $ 74,190
Iowa City, IA 30 0.34 3.01 $ 35.48 $ 73,800
New Haven, CT 90 0.33 2.91 $ 47.29 $ 98,370
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 100 0.29 2.50 $ 42.37 $ 88,120
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 40 0.28 2.49 $ 38.48 $ 80,040
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 220 0.28 2.42 $ 38.83 $ 80,770


Map of annual mean wages of radiation therapists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Radiation Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 70 0.07 0.60 $ 81.29 $ 169,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 170 0.08 0.66 $ 76.76 $ 159,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 270 0.05 0.42 $ 63.44 $ 131,960
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 130 0.09 0.82 $ 63.11 $ 131,280
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 30 0.12 1.03 $ 62.34 $ 129,670
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,240 0.14 1.25 $ 61.54 $ 128,010
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 90 0.06 0.49 $ 61.41 $ 127,730
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 150 0.08 0.68 $ 55.22 $ 114,870
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 55.14 $ 114,690
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 110 0.10 0.89 $ 54.25 $ 112,840

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Radiation Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 2.77 $ 31.21 $ 64,910
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 0.81 $ 35.12 $ 73,040
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.43 $ 35.31 $ 73,440

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Radiation Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.32 2.77 $ 31.21 $ 64,910
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.43 $ 35.31 $ 73,440
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 0.81 $ 35.12 $ 73,040

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Radiation Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 43.55 $ 90,580
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 36.33 $ 75,570
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 1.43 $ 35.31 $ 73,440
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 0.81 $ 35.12 $ 73,040
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 34.04 $ 70,800


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