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Sonographer Salary

Sonographers in the United States take home approximately $29.29 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $20.69 per hour and $38.90. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Sonographers (90 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Sonographers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,837 - $79,164
(Median)
$31K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,869
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$20.69 - $38.90
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$21
$29
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,837 - $79,164  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,520  
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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$41,415 - $81,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.69 - $38.90  
   
Overtime
$30.43 - $59.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,520  
   
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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$41,415 - $81,632  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 981

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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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Popular Skills for Sonographer


Sonographers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. 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.


For many Sonographers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $63K. On average, Sonographers make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Sonographers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $73K.

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

Add New: Abdomen
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Abdomen
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Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
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RDMS
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RVT
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National Average
$61,000

Cardiology
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 24%
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