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Ultrasound Technician Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Ultrasound Technicians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $24.80 per hour on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Ultrasound Technician Salary (?
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$27,909 - $66,615
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MEDIAN: $44,720
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Ultrasound Technician Salary (?
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$14.54 - $34.78
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National Salary Data

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$27,909 - $66,615  
   
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$0.00 - $2,069  
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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$29,425 - $72,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $34.78  
   
Overtime
$22.30 - $51.07  
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$0.00 - $2,069  
   
Total Pay (?
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$29,425 - $72,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 307
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Vascular, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 25 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those educated in Obstetrics/Gynecology tend to be well versed in 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 claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $65K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $67K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise roughly an eighth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$50,000
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Ultrasound Technicians, 12 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Houston, San Diego, and Los Angeles, where Ultrasound Technicians annually earn 4 percent, 4 percent, 2 percent, and 1 percent more than the national average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
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Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Vascular
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Abdomen
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%