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|Bonus||$397.32 - $7,236|
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|$43,090 - $86,344|
|Hourly Rate||$21.38 - $41.12|
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|Bonus||$397.32 - $7,236|
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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.Read More...
During image collection, the sonographer applies a clear gel on the skin in the area to be examined. The sonographer then uses a small piece of equipment called a transducer to transmit sound waves inside the patient's body. The sound waves create an image of the internal structure of the area, and this image is used to detect diseases, follow the development of a fetus in utero, and evaluate various aspects of internal organs' function.
A sonographer typically works indoors in a medical setting. Although sonographers are typically associated with obstetrics, they work in many areas of medicine such as vascular technologies, breast screenings, ophthalmology, and abdominal area specialties. A sonographer typically is expected to spend long periods of time standing, and they must be able to lift up to 50 pounds frequently; they must also have the full use of their hands, arms, wrists, and shoulders to accommodate the physical demands of their job. Sonographers must have strong communication skills and be able to meet the demands of their job while interacting with a variety of people (which may include physicians, nurses, and patients from a variety of backgrounds).
Education requirements for sonographers vary. Typically one must have received relevant formal education in United States, typically about two years of training as a sonography technician. This training can occur at a vocational or technical institution, college or university, or through military servic. Generally, employers require sonographers to be a graduate of an American Medical Association-approved institution as a radiologic technologist and registered in their state as a sonographer.
- Operate and adjust ultrasound and other equipment to obtain diagnostic images.
- Complete paperwork and route tasks and images to appropriate staff.
- Maintain equipment and follow safety regulations.
- Interpret and add electronic notes to diagnostic images.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Sonographer
The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $111K.
Popular Skills for Sonographer
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Pediatrics, Add New: Abdomen, RVT, and ABDOMINAL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Abdomen, breast, and Sonography. The majority of those who know Obstetrics/Gynecology also know Cardiology and Vascular.
Pay by Experience Level for Sonographer
Pay by Experience for a Sonographer has a positive trend. An entry-level Sonographer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 687 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sonographer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 369 salaries. An experienced Sonographer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 322 salaries. A Sonographer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 114 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Sonographers will find that Denver offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Sonographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+24 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Detroit and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.
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