Median pay for Echocardiographers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $30.31 per hour. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Echocardiographers survey respondents are women (76 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Echocardiographers. Some workers in this field — close to a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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MEDIAN: $60,380
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,264 - $83,980  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,175  
Profit Sharing
$5,800  
Total Pay (?
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$47,790 - $83,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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Hourly Rate
$23.40 - $39.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.13  
Overtime
$30.86 - $58.70  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,175  
   
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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$47,790 - $83,412  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 583

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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


Survey results imply that Echocardiographers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Ultrasound, Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sonography. The majority of those who know Cardiology also know 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $58K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. Echocardiographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. 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.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,272

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

Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Echocardiographers in Augusta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Echocardiographers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (20 percent less) and Dallas (17 percent less).

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Key Stats for Echocardiographer

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Echocardiographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Echocardiographer Salaries

Ultrasound
up arrow 19%


Cardiology
up arrow 1%

Vascular
0%

National Average
$63,000

Sonography
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
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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