Ultrasound Technician Salary

Most Ultrasound Technicians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $25.06 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Ultrasound Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,239 - $66,011
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,801
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$14.95 - $35.29
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$15
$25
$35
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,239 - $66,011  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
Total Pay (?
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$30,357 - $72,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 163
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $35.29  
   
Overtime
$21.98 - $50.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,056  
   
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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$30,357 - $72,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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 using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ABDOMINAL. Most people skilled in Obstetrics/Gynecology are similarly competent in Abdomen.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technician

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


Ultrasound Technicians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $66K in this role. 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 $67K on average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Cardiology
up arrow 34%

breast
up arrow 32%

Abdomen
up arrow 25%

Vascular
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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
57%
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: 44% employee benefits None: 28%
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