Ultrasound Technologist Salary

The average Ultrasound Technologist in the United States earns approximately $28.66 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $20.08 per hour and $38.51. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Ultrasound Technologists is high. The vast majority of Ultrasound Technologists (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While close to a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$36,465 - $80,434
(Median)
$36K
$59K
$80K
MEDIAN: $58,526
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$20.08 - $38.51
(Median)
$20
$29
$39
MEDIAN: $28.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,465 - $80,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,466  
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$41,251 - $81,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.08 - $38.51  
   
Overtime
$24.68 - $56.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,466  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,400  
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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$41,251 - $81,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,114
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Job Description for Ultrasound Technologist

An ultrasound technologist captures images of internal organs to provide information to doctors so they can determine if a problem is present. The technologist may also acquire images of fetuses to determine that normal growth and development is occurring. Prior to an ultrasound exam being carried out, the technologist provides information for the patient on the procedure and answers any of the patient's questions. The technologist conducts the exam, creates a summary of the findings, and delivers them to the requesting physician. The technologist also recommends a follow-up exam if it is required. Some troubleshooting of the machinery may need to performed by the technologist to obtain good-quality images or to fix small problems with the machinery. Regular maintenance of the machines may also have to be carried out to prevent problems from occurring.

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Ultrasound Technologist 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 Technologist


Survey results suggest that Ultrasound Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in RVT, breast, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Abdomen are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include ABDOMINAL. Most people who know Obstetrics/Gynecology also know Abdomen.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technologist

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


For Ultrasound Technologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $53K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. On average, Ultrasound Technologists make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Ultrasound Technologists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $72K.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

RVT
up arrow 8%

breast
up arrow 3%

RDMS
up arrow 2%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 2%

Abdomen
up arrow 2%

National Average
$60,000

Vascular
up arrow 1%

ABDOMINAL
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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