The larger portion of Ultrasound Technicians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $25.78 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Ultrasound Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, roughly a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,602 - $70,609
(Median)
$31K
$53K
$71K
MEDIAN: $52,780
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$15.22 - $37.29
(Median)
$15
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,602 - $70,609  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,362  
Total Pay (?
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$31,557 - $76,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.22 - $37.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$14.90 - $75.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,362  
   
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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$31,557 - $76,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 311
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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, Abdomen, and Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 20 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ABDOMINAL. 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.


For many Ultrasound Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $51K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $62K. Ultrasound Technicians bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $78K on average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Cardiology
up arrow 28%

Abdomen
up arrow 20%


breast
up arrow 7%

Vascular
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National Average
$54,000

ABDOMINAL
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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