A Sonographer earns an average wage of $29.50 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Pediatrics and Add New: Abdomen.
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$36,401 - $84,294
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$36K
$58K
$84K
MEDIAN: $58,241
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$20.70 - $40.08
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,401 - $84,294  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$42,378 - $84,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.70 - $40.08  
   
Overtime
$29.79 - $62.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,848  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$42,378 - $84,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,044
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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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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,083

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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

Pediatrics
up arrow 18%

Add New: Abdomen
up arrow 13%

RVT
up arrow 7%

breast
up arrow 4%

RDMS
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 3%

Vascular
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
0%

Ultrasound
0%

National Average
$61,000

Abdomen
up arrow 3%

Sonography
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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