Sonographer Salary

Women comprise the majority of Sonographers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $29.34 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $20.88 per hour and $39.52. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Work is enjoyable for Sonographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$34,893 - $82,739
(Median)
$35K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $55,675
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$20.88 - $39.52
(Median)
$21
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,893 - $82,739  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,512  
Profit Sharing
$3,150  
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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$41,887 - $83,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.88 - $39.52  
   
Overtime
$30.41 - $61.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,512  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,150  
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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$41,887 - $83,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,263
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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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Sonographers who go on to become Cardiac Sonographers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Cardiac Sonographer, an upper-level role, pays $58K.

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Popular Skills for Sonographer


Sonographers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Add New: Abdomen, Vascular, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Most people experienced in Obstetrics/Gynecology also know Cardiology and Vascular.

Pay by Experience Level for Sonographer

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Sonographers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $53K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K in this role. Sonographers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $74K on average.

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

RVT
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 205 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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