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Echocardiographer Salary (United States)

Median pay for Echocardiographers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $27.95 per hour. Compensation ranges from $21.96 per hour on the lower end to $37.46 on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Echocardiographers survey respondents are women (77 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Echocardiographer Salary (?
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$40,668 - $78,998
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $58,312
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Echocardiographer Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$21.96 - $37.46
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,668 - $78,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,222  
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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$45,181 - $80,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$21.96 - $37.46  
   
Overtime
$31.62 - $54.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,222  
   
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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$45,181 - $80,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 506
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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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Many Echocardiographers move into a Cardiac Sonographer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Cardiac Sonographers on average bring in a similar salary to Echocardiographers.

Echocardiographer Job Listings

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Survey takers who work as Echocardiographers typically report just a few professional skills. Cardiology and Pediatrics are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Cardiology frequently indicates knowledge of Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $54K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Echocardiographers make a median salary of $66K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $73K.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Chicago
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Augusta
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New York
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Denver
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Miami
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Dallas
0%
National Average
$59,000
San Antonio
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Houston
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Memphis
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Pittsburgh
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Echocardiographers will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Echocardiographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+24 percent), Augusta (+21 percent), New York (+11 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Memphis and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

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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

Cardiology
0%
National Average
$59,000
Pediatrics
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%