Most Sonographers in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $29.50 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and years of experience. For the most part, Sonographers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,401 - $84,294
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$36K
$58K
$84K
MEDIAN: $58,241
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$20.70 - $40.08
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$36,401 - $84,294  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$42,378 - $84,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 235
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.70 - $40.08  
   
Overtime
$29.79 - $62.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$206.08 - $4,848  
   
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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$42,378 - $84,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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For Sonographers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Sonographers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Cardiac Sonographer.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Sonographer


Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town — $95K on average.

HCA, Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town — $68K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $42K to $93K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Sonographer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Pediatrics, Add New: Abdomen, RVT, and breast are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sonography. 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.


Sonographers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $65K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Sonographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,083

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

Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Sonographers in Portland receive some of the highest pay in the country. Sonographers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+27 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Phoenix (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 12 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Antonio and Detroit (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, 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
$61,000


Skills That Affect Sonographer Salaries

Pediatrics
up arrow 18%

Add New: Abdomen
up arrow 13%

RVT
up arrow 7%

breast
up arrow 4%

RDMS
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 3%

Vascular
up arrow 3%

Cardiology
0%

Ultrasound
0%

National Average
$61,000

Abdomen
up arrow 3%

Sonography
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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