How to Get Certified in WashingtonX-ray techs are required by the Washington State Department of Health to be certified so they can work in the state. The state requires applicants to graduate from an accredited radiologic technology program. To apply, a person must provide a complete work history, proof of certification in another state if they have worked in another state, and a personal statement discussing the person’s mental and physical health as well as any prior suspensions and felony convictions. The state of Washington does not require continuing education to renew the license. Most X-ray techs are certified by the American Registry of X-Ray Technicians.
Salaries for X-Ray Technicians in WashingtonThe average salary range for an X-ray technician in Washington state is between $59,000 and $62,670 a year. X-ray technician job postings in Washington have an average annual salary that is about 5% lower than the nation's average. As the X-ray tech's number of years of experience goes up, their salary is likely to rise. Salaries in rural areas are likely to be lower than salaries in the cities. For example, in 2012, the average salary per year for X-ray techs in the Seattle metro area was $69,160, while in the area of the much smaller cities of Bremerton and Silverdale, it was $53,860.
Job Outlook For X-Ray Technicians In WashingtonThe number of X-Ray technicians employed in Washington is about 4,300. Demand for X-ray technicians has stayed pretty stable during the past few years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in the United States Department of Labor projects that from 2012 to 2022 the amount of X-Ray tech positions will grow 21% across the country, which is faster than the overall average. An aging population with an increasing number of medical conditions is a contributing factor to this projected job growth for X-ray techs. The projected job growth for the decade after 2010 for Washington X-ray techs is 20%, which is roughly the same as the national growth outlook for X-ray technicians.
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X-Ray Technician Campuses In Washington
|Apollo College-Spokane/U.S. Education Corporation||10102 East Knox Road, Suite 200|
Spokane, WA, 99206
|Bellevue Community College||3000 Landerholm Circle, S.E. B-243|
Bellevue, WA, 98007-6484
|Pima Medical Institute-Seattle||9709 3rd Avenue NE, 4th Floor|
Seattle, WA, 98115
|Spokane Community College||1810 North Greene Street; MS 2090|
Spokane, WA, 99217-5399
|Tacoma Community College||6501 S. 19th Street - Bldg. 19|
Tacoma, WA, 98466