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Echocardiographer Salary

Median pay for Echocardiographers in the United States is around $28.07 per hour. Compensation ranges between $22.02 per hour and $37.32. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Echocardiographers making up 78 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Health benefits are not claimed by all — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,752 - $76,574
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$77K
MEDIAN: $57,835
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$22.02 - $37.32
(Median)
$22
$28
$37
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$40,752 - $76,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $3,052  
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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$45,553 - $79,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$22.02 - $37.32  
   
Overtime
$30.19 - $54.27  
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 - $1,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750 - $3,052  
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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$45,553 - $79,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 559

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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 who transition into an upper level Cardiac Sonographer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Cardiac Sonographer makes $58K a year.

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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. Experience with Cardiology is often linked with knowledge of Pediatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer

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


For many Echocardiographers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $55K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Echocardiographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Echocardiographer Salaries

Cardiology
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$59,000

Vascular
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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