Ultrasound Technician Salary

Ultrasound Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $25.42 per hour for pay. Earnings generally vary between $14.90 per hour and $35.76. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,426 - $66,013
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,229
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$14.90 - $35.76
(Median)
$15
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,426 - $66,013  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,047  
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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$30,279 - $73,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $35.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$21.54 - $51.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,047  
   
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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$30,279 - $73,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 432
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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


Ultrasound Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Lucky workers who know breast can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 33 percent above average. Cardiology and Abdomen are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 28 percent and 33 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ABDOMINAL. Most people who know 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.


For Ultrasound Technicians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $49K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $58K. Ultrasound Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $68K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $70K on average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

breast
up arrow 33%

Cardiology
up arrow 33%

Abdomen
up arrow 28%

Vascular
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National Average
$52,000

ABDOMINAL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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