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Echocardiographer Salary (United States)

Echocardiographers in the United States can typically expect wages of $27.82 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $1K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Echocardiographers spread between $45K and $80K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair portion have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, nearly one in five claim no health benefits at all. Men working as Echocardiographers are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 77 percent of workers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Echocardiographer Salary (?
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$40,443 - $77,675
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MEDIAN: $58,556
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Echocardiographer Salary (?
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$21.82 - $36.74
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,443 - $77,675  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,189  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $7,694  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,031 - $79,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$21.82 - $36.74  
   
Overtime
$31.78 - $53.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,189  
   
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $7,694  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$45,031 - $79,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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Job Description for Echocardiographer

The primary role of the echocardiographer is to perform high-quality ultrasound images of the heart. The echocardiographer usually works in a hospital or health center, and many work on-call in a rotating schedule. Tasks performed by an echocardigrapher include performing echocardiograms and exercise echocardiogram examinations; these echocardiogram examinations include color flow mapping, cardiac doppler imaging, and 2-D m-mode, and they are performed without the assistance of a cardiologist. An echocardiographer generally works under the direction of the department director and the medical director.
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Echocardiographer Tasks
  • Prepare and position patient for echocardiography exam and explain procedure.
  • Operate cardiac ultrasound, dopper and similar equipment to perform procedure according to physician's directive.
  • Observe screen during scan to ensure satisfactory image for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments as required.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.

Common Career Paths for Echocardiographer

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As Echocardiographers transition into upper-level roles, like Cardiac Sonographer, they may not see a turn in salary. a Cardiac Sonographer usually earns the same amount as Echocardiographers.

Echocardiographer Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as Echocardiographers typically report just a few professional skills. Pediatrics and Cardiology are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Cardiology also know Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Echocardiographers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $54K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $60K. Echocardiographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $73K. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Miami
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San Antonio
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National Average
$59,000
Houston
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Memphis
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Pittsburgh
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Echocardiographers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Chicago, Augusta, Denver, and Miami also offer top salaries for Echocardiographers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 10 percent, 6 percent, and 1 percent more, respectively. Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Houston and Memphis (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Echocardiographer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$59,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Echocardiographer Salaries

Pediatrics
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Cardiology
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National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 21%