Echocardiographer Salary

Echocardiographers in the United States take home an average $28.74 per hour. Pay generally varies between $22.44 per hour and $37.79. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Echocardiographers making up 77 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,158 - $78,833
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$79K
MEDIAN: $58,456
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$22.44 - $37.79
(Median)
$22
$29
$38
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$41,158 - $78,833  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
Profit Sharing
$151.01 - $7,149  
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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$46,408 - $80,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.44 - $37.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.13  
Overtime
$30.71 - $54.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,208  
   
Profit Sharing
$151.01 - $7,149  
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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$46,408 - $80,627  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 680
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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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For Echocardiographers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Echocardiographers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Ultrasound Technologist.

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Popular Skills for Echocardiographer


Typical Echocardiographers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Pediatrics, Cardiology, Vascular, and Sonography are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sonography. Most people skilled in Cardiology are similarly competent in Vascular.

Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer

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


Echocardiographers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $55K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $61K. Echocardiographers bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $72K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Echocardiographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Echocardiographer Salaries

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$61,000

Vascular
up arrow 2%

Sonography
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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