Women make up the vast majority of Sonographers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $29.56 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,578 - $85,138
$37K
$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,193
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$20.79 - $40.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,578 - $85,138  
   
Bonus
$215.00 - $6,000  
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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$42,574 - $85,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$20.79 - $40.53  
   
Overtime
$29.50 - $63.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$215.00 - $6,000  
   
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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$42,574 - $85,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,077

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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.

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Sonographers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Cardiac Sonographer. Median pay for Cardiac Sonographers is $58K.

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Sonographers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the average salary comes to $111K.

HCA, Inc. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $68K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $42K while workers on the upper end may rake in $93K.

Popular Skills for Sonographer


Sonographers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Pediatrics, Add New: Abdomen, RVT, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sonography, Abdomen, and breast. For most people, competency in Obstetrics/Gynecology indicates knowledge of Cardiology and Vascular.

Pay by Experience Level for Sonographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $76K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,208

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Sonographers, Denver provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Sonographers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+25 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in San Antonio and Detroit earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Sonographer Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Sonographer

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 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




National Average
$61,000


Skills That Affect Sonographer Salaries

Pediatrics
up arrow 17%

Add New: Abdomen
up arrow 13%

RVT
up arrow 10%

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Ultrasound
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Cardiology
0%

National Average
$61,000

up arrow 5%

breast
up arrow 5%

Sonography
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 127 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

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: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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