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Sonographer Salary

For Sonographers, hourly average wages total $29.28 per hour. Pay ranges from $20.66 per hour on the low end to $38.96 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Sonographers report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 90 percent of Sonographers are female. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,997 - $80,309
(Median)
$31K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,860
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$20.66 - $38.96
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$30,997 - $80,309  
   
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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$41,512 - $81,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.66 - $38.96  
   
Overtime
$30.34 - $59.69  
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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$41,512 - $81,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,003
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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 seem to require a number of specific 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. Those proficient in Obstetrics/Gynecology are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of 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 183 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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