Ultrasound Technician Salary

Ultrasound Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $25.09 per hour for pay. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Ultrasound Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although the greater part have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,323 - $65,646
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,652
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$15.03 - $35.36
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$15
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,323 - $65,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
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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$30,528 - $73,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $35.36  
   
Overtime
$21.93 - $50.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
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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$30,528 - $73,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 384
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Job Description for Ultrasound Technician

Ultrasound technicians use ultrasound machines that utilize high frequency sound waves and their echoes to obtain anatomical images. Technicians may scan children, adults and/or animals depending on the needs of their position. Ultrasounds are used to scan patients for potential diseases and to monitor current heath conditions; they are also used in routine maternity checkups. For example, they may use the ultrasound to display the anatomy of fetuses, to check organs such as the liver for masses, to scan for kidney stones, or to check the heart for problems. The images are then sent to a doctor along with a written or oral report for further analysis. The technician should also be able to recommend if further scanning will be necessary to monitor or detect a health condition. The ultrasound technician may also determine if extra scanning is needed if the images produced in a scan are not clear enough. Additionally, the technician must be able to answer any patient questions before, during, and after the ultrasound.

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Ultrasound Technician 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.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasound Technician


Survey results suggest that Ultrasound Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Cardiology, Abdomen, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 25 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ABDOMINAL. Most people experienced in Obstetrics/Gynecology also know Abdomen.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technician

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


Ultrasound Technicians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $66K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $67K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Cardiology
up arrow 34%

Abdomen
up arrow 25%

Vascular
up arrow 19%

breast
up arrow 18%


National Average
$51,000

ABDOMINAL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%
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