Salaries for newly qualified radiographers are at Band 5 and range from £21,478 to £27,901.
Salaries for experienced radiographers (Band 6) range from £25,783 to £34,530.
Salaries at lead or advanced practice grade (Band 7) range from £30,764 to £40,558.
Service managers or consultant radiographers can earn up to £67,805 (Band 8c).
Working hours are 37.5 hours a week and the service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shifts, weekends, bank holidays, nights and on-call working are required. Enhanced pay is offered for unsocial hours working as part of national terms and conditions in the NHS.
About 90% of radiographers are employed by the NHS (see NHS Careers). The ratio of diagnostic to therapeutic radiographers is around ten to one.
Part-time work and job share opportunities are available.
It is possible to take a long break and then return to practice. Keeping up with changes and developments during a career break is recommended.
Self-employment or freelance work is uncommon. There are some opportunities for agency work.
Men are currently underrepresented in the profession.
Diagnostic radiographers are required to wear the uniform provided.
The job is physically demanding, involving manoeuvring patients and equipment. Radiographers carry a lot of responsibility and need to enjoy working in a high-pressured environment.
Travel to other departments within the hospital is common. Travel to joint hospital sites is sometimes required, but travel abroad is rare.
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