Ultrasound Technician Salary

The larger portion of Ultrasound Technicians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $25.06 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $15.05 per hour and $35.31. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Job satisfaction for Ultrasound Technicians is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,470 - $65,673

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$15.05 - $35.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,470 - $65,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,064  
Total Pay (?
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$30,627 - $72,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $35.31  
   
Overtime
$21.88 - $50.35  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,064  
   
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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$30,627 - $72,905  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
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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. Most notably, facility with Cardiology, Abdomen, and breast are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 25 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ABDOMINAL. 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Ultrasound Technicians make a median salary of $67K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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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%

breast
up arrow 18%

Vascular
up arrow 14%


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
58%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 29%
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