Ultrasonographer Salary

The larger portion of Ultrasonographers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $31.84 per hour. Job satisfaction for Ultrasonographers is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,095 - $87,231
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$43K
$62K
$87K
MEDIAN: $62,066
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$24.31 - $42.70
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$24
$32
$43
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,095 - $87,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
Profit Sharing
$2,350  
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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$48,651 - $91,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.31 - $42.70  
   
Overtime
$36.71 - $61.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,350  
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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$48,651 - $91,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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Job Description for Ultrasonographer

Ultrasonographers obtain images of patients’ internal organs using ultrasonic imaging. Strong people skills are important in this position, as ultrasonographers must explain procedures to patients and help them feel at ease. Different communication skills will be necessary for different patients, such as with children or those with disabilities. Those in this position are highly skilled and experienced at identifying what organs and body parts look like on ultrasound machines, and some basic troubleshooting and regular maintenance of these machines may also be part of the job.

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Ultrasonographer Tasks

  • 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 who transition into a Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist position may see pay fall slightly. Median compensation for Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologists sits around the $58K per year mark. Ultrasonographers most frequently become Ultrasound Technologists and Ultrasound Technicians even though median compensation is $10K lower and $16K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasonographer


Survey results suggest that Ultrasonographers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, ABDOMINAL, breast, and Abdomen are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Vascular and Abdomen. Those proficient in Abdomen are, more often than not, also skilled in breast.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasonographer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Ultrasonographers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $56K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $63K on average. Ultrasonographers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $71K. 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 $76K on average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasonographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Ultrasonographer Salaries


ABDOMINAL
up arrow 4%

National Average
$66,000

breast
up arrow 2%

Abdomen
up arrow 3%

Vascular
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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