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Ultrasound Technician Salary

Ultrasound Technicians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $25.08 per hour for pay. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Ultrasound Technicians is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,195 - $64,792
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,256
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$14.84 - $35.04
(Median)
$15
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,195 - $64,792  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
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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$30,151 - $72,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $35.04  
   
Overtime
$21.90 - $50.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
   
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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$30,151 - $72,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353

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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 takers who work as Ultrasound Technicians usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with breast, Abdomen, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 24 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Abdomen tend to be skilled in Obstetrics/Gynecology as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technician

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $57K. Ultrasound Technicians bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $65K.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

breast
up arrow 33%

Abdomen
up arrow 24%

Vascular
up arrow 23%

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

National Average
$51,000

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
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 29%