Ultrasonographer Salary

Ultrasonographers in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $31.50 per hour. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,086 - $87,933
(Median)
$41K
$62K
$88K
MEDIAN: $61,913
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$24.15 - $41.62
(Median)
$24
$32
$42
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,086 - $87,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,391  
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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$47,823 - $90,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$24.15 - $41.62  
   
Overtime
$35.36 - $60.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,391  
   
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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$47,823 - $90,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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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 choose to become Ultrasound Technologists and Ultrasound Technicians as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $10K less and $16K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasonographer


Ultrasonographers report a focused set of job 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. Most people who know Abdomen also know breast.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasonographer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $55K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. On average, Ultrasonographers make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Ultrasonographers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $74K.

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Experience Affects Ultrasonographer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$66,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Ultrasonographer Salaries

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

National Average
$66,000

Vascular
up arrow 1%

breast
up arrow 2%

Abdomen
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

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: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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