Echocardiographer Salary (United States)

Salaries for Echocardiographers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $27.82 per hour. The range in pay spans from $21.82 per hour to $36.74. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $1,189 from bonuses and more than $7,694 from profit sharing—stretch from around $40,443 to approximately $77,675. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—21 percent lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Echocardiographers are women (77 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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  
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' salary tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Cardiac Sonographer tend to get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

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Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Echocardiographers, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Standard salaries begin at $55K and can reach $60K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $66K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Echocardiographers after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, 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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Chicago
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Denver
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Miami
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National Average
$59,000
Houston
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Memphis
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Pittsburgh
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For Echocardiographers, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Chicago, Augusta, Denver, and Miami, top-paying cities where Echocardiographers see paychecks higher than average (+14 percent, +10 percent, +6 percent, and +1 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Memphis (-9 percent and -9 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Echocardiographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
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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