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Sonographer Salary (United States)

Sonographers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $29.11 per hour for pay. Pay ranges from $20.35 per hour on the low end to $38.73 on the high end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Most Sonographers report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's 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 (?
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: 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 may not experience a change in pay as they move on to an upper-level role like Cardiac Sonographer. Cardiac Sonographers usually make $58K.

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Popular Skills for Sonographer

Survey results suggest that Sonographers put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 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.
For Sonographers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. For Sonographers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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 $73K on average. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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Atlanta
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National Average
$60,000
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For Sonographers, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Sonographers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+12 percent) and Miami (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Antonio. Workers in Detroit and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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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Abdomen
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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RVT
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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%