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Ultrasonographer Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Ultrasonographers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $31.34 per hour on average. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Ultrasonographer Salary (?
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$41,744 - $87,231
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $60,686
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Ultrasonographer Salary (?
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$22.87 - $41.74
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MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,744 - $87,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,357  
Profit Sharing
$1,700 - $5,120  
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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$46,240 - $90,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$22.87 - $41.74  
   
Overtime
$27.31 - $60.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,357  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,700 - $5,120  
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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$46,240 - $90,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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Job Description for Ultrasonographer

  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images according to physician's directive.
  • Observe screen during scan to ensure satisfactory image for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments as required.
  • Prepare and position patient for ultrasound exam and explain procedure.
  • Process and code film, videotape, images or prints from procedures and complete documentation for interpretation by physician.

Common Career Paths for Ultrasonographer

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Ultrasonographers may see a slight downturn in earnings as they move into top-notch roles like Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist, where pay is $58K on average. Many Ultrasonographers go on to become Ultrasound Technologists or Ultrasound Technicians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $10K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

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Professional skills reported by Ultrasonographers are few in number. Those who have experience with Obstetrics/Gynecology, Vascular, and Abdomen can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Abdomen. Abdomen and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasonographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Ultrasonographers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $54K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $73K. Ultrasonographers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $74K on average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasonographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
National Average
$65,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Ultrasonographer Salaries

National Average
$65,000
Vascular
up arrow 3%
Abdomen
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 18%