Echocardiographer Salary (United States)

Pay for Echocardiographers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $27.82 per hour. The range in pay spans from $21.82 per hour to $36.74. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Echocardiographers making up 77 percent of workers. Work is enjoyable for Echocardiographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
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
(Median)
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Echocardiographers do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. More often than not, top-notch roles like Cardiac Sonographer will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Echocardiographers do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries increase to $60K from around $55K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $66K. Though minimal, Echocardiographers continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a majority of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$59,000
Houston
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Memphis
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Pittsburgh
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With a pay rate for Echocardiographers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Chicago, Augusta, Denver, and Miami, where Echocardiographers annually earn 14 percent, 10 percent, 6 percent, and 1 percent more than the national average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Houston (-9 percent) and Memphis (-9 percent).

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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%
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