Sonographer Salary

The larger portion of Sonographers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $29.85 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Close to one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,655 - $82,463
$38K
$57K
$82K
MEDIAN: $57,130
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$21.38 - $41.12
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MEDIAN: $29.85
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$0$86K
Salary $37,655 - $82,463
Bonus $397.32 - $7,236
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$43,090 - $86,344
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 238
Hourly Data $0$63
Hourly Rate $21.38 - $41.12
Overtime $29.67 - $63.30
Annual Data $0$86K
Bonus $397.32 - $7,236
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$43,090 - $86,344
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,147

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Sonographer


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Many Sonographers move into a Cardiac Sonographer role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Cardiac Sonographers on average bring in a similar salary to Sonographers.

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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

National Average: $61,749

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

Sonographer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sonographer?

Sonographer in Charlotte:
"Great feeling to help people."
Pros: Parents come in anxious about their child's health and you become part of their care.
Cons: Very stressful, overworked.

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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Key Stats for Sonographer

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Sonographer Salaries

▲24%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$62,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Sonographer Salaries

Pediatrics
▲16%

Add New: Abdomen
▲12%

RVT
▲11%

ABDOMINAL
▲8%

▲2%


▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$62,000

Ultrasound
▼1%

▼5%

breast
▼5%

▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 24%
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