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Ultrasound Technician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Ultrasound Technicians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $25.08 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,210 - $65,416
(Median)
$29K
$48K
$65K
MEDIAN: $48,447
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$15.04 - $35.06
(Median)
$15
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,210 - $65,416  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,031  
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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$30,448 - $72,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.04 - $35.06  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $50.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,031  
   
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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$30,448 - $72,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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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 seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Cardiology, breast, and Abdomen are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 32 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Abdomen and Obstetrics/Gynecology are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technician

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $58K. Ultrasound Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $66K. Ultrasound Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Cardiology
up arrow 34%

breast
up arrow 32%

Abdomen
up arrow 25%

Vascular
up arrow 22%


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
58%
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: 43% employee benefits None: 29%
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