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MRI Technician

280 Associates's Degrees Annually
43 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#94 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 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 280
Basic Certificate 116
Undergraduate Certificate 77
Bachelor’s Degree 43

What Can You Do With a MRI Technician Major?

People with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician degree often go into the following careers:

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?

280 Associate's Degrees Annually
59% Percent Women
59% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 59% 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 34
Black or African American 17
Hispanic or Latino 104
White 98
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 27

How Much Do MRI Technician Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician is $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 the 2020-2021 academic year, 69 schools offered some type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology/technician program. 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 19 5
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 15 2
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
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) 26,631
Radiologic Technology 9,684
Surgical Technology 7,583
Respiratory Care Therapy 6,722
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,378
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapy 4,740
Athletic Training 2,305
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,836
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,377
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 602
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 568
Physician Assistant 501
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 379
Polysomnography 302
Mammography Technician/Technology 69
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 51
Cardiopulmonary Technology 40
Hearing Instrument Specialist 32
Gene/Genetic Therapy 27
Orthopedic Technology 15
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 0


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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