Echocardiographers in the United States pull down an average of $30.29 per hour. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Echocardiographers survey respondents are women (78 percent). While about one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,082 - $83,093
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MEDIAN: $61,626
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$23.31 - $39.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$42,082 - $83,093  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,014  
Profit Sharing
$5,800  
Total Pay (?
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$47,936 - $83,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$23.31 - $39.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.13  
Overtime
$31.24 - $58.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,800  
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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$47,936 - $83,345  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 607

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Echocardiographer


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Although many Echocardiographers transition into Ultrasound Technologist roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $56K.

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Popular Skills for Echocardiographer


Echocardiographers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Ultrasound, Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sonography. Most people familiar with Cardiology also know Vascular.

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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $58K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $63K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,478

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Echocardiographers in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Echocardiographers will also find cushy salaries in Augusta (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Dallas (20 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Echocardiographer

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
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Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Echocardiographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Echocardiographer Salaries

Ultrasound
up arrow 18%



National Average
$63,000

Vascular
up arrow 1%

Sonography
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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