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Diagnostic radiographer: Salary and conditions

  • The range of starting salaries for newly qualified radiographers starts at band 5 on the National Health Service (NHS) Agenda for Change Pay Rates : £21,176-£27,625.
  • Range of senior radiographer salaries, band 6: £25,528-£34,189.
  • Range of lead or advanced practice grades, band 7: £30,460-£40,157.
  • Service managers or consultant radiographers can earn up to £67,134, Band 8c.
  • Working hours are 37.5 hours a week but 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 sometimes offered for out of normal hours work.
  • 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.
  • Career breaks are possible. Refresher and return to practice courses are available. Keeping up with changes and developments during a career break is recommended.
  • Self-employment or freelance work is unlikely. There are some opportunities for agency work.
  • The majority of diagnostic radiographers are female, but the number of males is increasing.
  • 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 the work can be stressful.
  • Travel to other departments within the hospital is common. Travel to joint hospital sites is sometimes required, but travel abroad is rare.

Salary figures are intended as a guide only.

 
 
AGCAS
Written by AGCAS editors
Date: 
October 2012
 

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