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Ultrasound Technician Salary

Women comprise the majority of Ultrasound Technicians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $24.89 per hour on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Ultrasound Technicians is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$28,638 - $68,678
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$28,638 - $68,678  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
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$29,662 - $73,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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Hourly Rate
$14.62 - $35.00  
   
Overtime
$22.25 - $49.74  
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$0.00 - $2,063  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,662 - $73,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 326
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, facility with breast, Abdomen, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 36 percent, 26 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Obstetrics/Gynecology indicates knowledge of 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $57K. Ultrasound Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $65K. 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 $66K on average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

breast
up arrow 36%

Abdomen
up arrow 26%

Vascular
up arrow 24%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 30%