Echocardiographer Salary

Echocardiographers in the United States take home an average $28.30 per hour. Pay generally varies between $22.11 per hour and $37.39. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Echocardiographers survey respondents are women (78 percent). Close to a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,932 - $76,213
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$76K
MEDIAN: $57,655
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$22.11 - $37.39
(Median)
$22
$28
$37
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,932 - $76,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,189  
Profit Sharing
$1,526 - $3,067  
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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$45,875 - $79,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$22.11 - $37.39  
   
Overtime
$29.63 - $53.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,189  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,526 - $3,067  
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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$45,875 - $79,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 575
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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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Echocardiographers who transition into an upper level Cardiac Sonographer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Cardiac Sonographer makes $58K a year.

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Popular Skills for Echocardiographer


Job skills reported by Echocardiographers are limited. Those who have experience with Cardiology, Pediatrics, and Vascular can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Vascular. Most people experienced in Cardiology also know Vascular.

Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Echocardiographers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $60K. Echocardiographers see a median salary of $66K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $71K.

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Experience Affects Echocardiographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Echocardiographer Salaries

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000

Vascular
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%
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