Sonographer Salary

Women account for the majority of Sonographers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $29.23 per hour. Compensation ranges from $20.75 per hour on the lower end to $38.97 on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Work is enjoyable for Sonographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,364 - $81,513

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$20.75 - $38.97

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,364 - $81,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,498  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,139  
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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$41,897 - $82,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 236
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.75 - $38.97  
   
Overtime
$30.35 - $60.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,498  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,139  
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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$41,897 - $82,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,065
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Job Description for Sonographer

A sonographer, or diagnostic medical sonographer, uses ultrasound equipment to view the inside of the human body and assist physicians in making diagnoses. Typically, a physician issues a medical order for an ultrasound, which the sonographer carries out using special ultrasound equipment to produce diagnostic images.

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Sonographer Tasks

  • Maintain equipment and follow safety regulations.
  • Interpret and add electronic notes to diagnostic images.
  • Operate and adjust ultrasound and other equipment to obtain diagnostic images.
  • Complete paperwork and route tasks and images to appropriate staff.

Common Career Paths for Sonographer


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Many Sonographers 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 Sonographers.

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Popular Skills for Sonographer


Sonographers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Add New: Abdomen, Abdomen, Vascular, and RDMS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Those educated in Obstetrics/Gynecology tend to be well versed in Cardiology and Vascular.

Pay by Experience Level for Sonographer

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Sonographers make a median salary of $69K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $74K.

Sonographer Reviews

What is it like working as a Sonographer?

Sonographer in Washington:
"Good For Your Mind, Hard On Your Body."
Pros: I learn something new everyday about fetal development from the doctors that I work closely with. I meet interesting people.
Cons: This job can be very physically demanding. Many sonographers have to quit because of musculoskeletal injuries.

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Experience Affects Sonographer Salaries




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Sonographer Salaries

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Abdomen
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RDMS
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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National Average
$61,000

RVT
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Cardiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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