Ultrasonographer Salary

Women account for the majority of Ultrasonographers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $31.47 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Ultrasonographers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$42,963 - $85,973

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$24.13 - $41.65

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$48,047 - $89,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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$24.13 - $41.65  
   
Overtime
$35.36 - $60.87  
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$48,047 - $89,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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 may see a slight downturn in earnings as they move into 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 $15K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasonographer


Survey takers who work as Ultrasonographers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Obstetrics/Gynecology, Vascular, breast, and Abdomen are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Abdomen. It is often found that people who know Abdomen are also skilled in breast.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasonographer

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


Ultrasonographers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. Ultrasonographers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $74K.

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Experience Affects Ultrasonographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$65,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Ultrasonographer Salaries

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

National Average
$65,000

breast
up arrow 1%

Vascular
up arrow 1%

Abdomen
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%
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