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MRI Technician

218 Associates's Degrees Annually
49 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#107 in Popularity (Associate's)
$72,230 Median Salary

Types of Degrees MRI Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 218
Basic Certificate 177
Undergraduate Certificate 136
Bachelor’s Degree 49

What Can You Do With a MRI Technician Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists 13.4% $71,670

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in MRI Technician?

218 Associate's Degrees Annually
57% Percent Women
56% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 57% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician majors is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 22
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 68
White 91
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 14

Geographic Diversity

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician appeals to people across the globe. About 0.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do MRI Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician majors often go into careers with median salaries of $72,230. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a MRI Technician Major  72,230
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Online MRI Technician Programs

In 2018-2019, 56 schools offered a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 31 10
Certificate (1-2 years) 13 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 15 1
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 31 10
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in MRI Technician Worth It?

The median salary for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician grad is $72,230 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 81% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $646,600 after 20 years!


You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician.

Major Number of Grads
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 28,841
Radiologic Technology 9,673
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7,958
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,034
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,530
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5,297
Athletic Training 4,064
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,908
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,429
Physician Assistant 811
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 773
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 645
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 337
Polysomnography 322
Mammography Technician/Technology 73
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 53
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist 43
Hearing Instrument Specialist 39
Gene/Genetic Therapy 17
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 10


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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