Sonographer Salary (United States)

Sonographers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $29.11 per hour. The top of the range reaches $38.73, and the bottom approaches $20.35 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, about a quarter claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Sonographers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Sonographer Salary (?
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$29,748 - $79,238
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MEDIAN: $50,765
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Sonographer Salary (?
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$20.35 - $38.73
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,748 - $79,238  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,496  
Profit Sharing
$1,275 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$40,565 - $81,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.35 - $38.73  
   
Overtime
$30.14 - $59.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,496  
   
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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$40,565 - $81,685  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 709
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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 do not experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. Oftentimes, an upper-level role like Cardiac Sonographer will not bring in more money than some lower-level roles.

Sonographer Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Sonographer

Survey results suggest that Sonographers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Add New: Abdomen, Vascular, RDMS, and Abdomen are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cardiology. It is often found that people who know Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) are also skilled in Cardiology and Vascular.

Pay by Experience Level for Sonographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Sonographers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Though starting salaries approximate $53K, they climb to $63K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $69K after 10 to 20 years. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Sonographers who have made it this far report earning around $77K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$60,000
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For Sonographers, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Sonographers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+12 percent) and Miami (+4 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (-14 percent) and Orlando (-13 percent).

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

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Vascular
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
90%
female alumni
 
Male
10%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%