Sonographer Salary

Sonographers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $29.20 per hour. Compensation ranges from $20.74 per hour on the lower end to $38.98 on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Sonographers is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,172 - $81,273
(Median)
$31K
$56K
$81K
MEDIAN: $55,721
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$20.74 - $38.98
(Median)
$21
$29
$39
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,172 - $81,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,139  
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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$41,698 - $82,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.74 - $38.98  
   
Overtime
$30.42 - $60.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965 - $5,139  
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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$41,698 - $82,195  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Sonographer


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Sonographers who go on to become Cardiac Sonographers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Cardiac Sonographer, an upper-level role, pays $58K.

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Popular Skills for Sonographer


Sonographers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Add New: Abdomen, Abdomen, Vascular, and RDMS are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. The majority of those who know 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.


Sonographers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $69K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $74K.

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

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Abdomen
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RDMS
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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National Average
$61,000

RVT
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Cardiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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