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Sonographer Salary

Sonographers in the United States pull down an average of $29.24 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $20.61 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $38.96. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Sonographers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although close to one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of Sonographers (90 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,186 - $79,213
(Median)
$30K
$52K
$79K
MEDIAN: $51,555
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$20.61 - $38.96
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,186 - $79,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
Profit Sharing
$1,275 - $5,000  
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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$41,047 - $81,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.61 - $38.96  
   
Overtime
$30.38 - $58.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,275 - $5,000  
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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$41,047 - $81,828  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 817
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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.

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Popular Skills for Sonographer


Sonographers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Add New: Abdomen, Vascular, Abdomen, and RDMS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cardiology. Most people familiar with 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. Sonographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. 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
$60,000


Skills That Affect Sonographer Salaries

Add New: Abdomen
up arrow 15%


Abdomen
up arrow 7%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 4%

RDMS
up arrow 4%

National Average
$60,000

RVT
up arrow 1%

Cardiology
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
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%