Echocardiographer Salary

Echocardiographers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $28.31 per hour. Pay ranges from $22.05 per hour on the low end to $37.33 on the high end. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Echocardiographers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Echocardiographers making up 78 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,969 - $76,140

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$22.05 - $37.33

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,969 - $76,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
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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$45,784 - $79,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$22.05 - $37.33  
   
Overtime
$29.59 - $53.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,192  
   
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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$45,784 - $79,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 586
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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 Cardiac Sonographer.

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Popular Skills for Echocardiographer


Echocardiographers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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 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.


For Echocardiographers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. For Echocardiographers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%
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