Ultrasound Technologist Salary

The average Ultrasound Technologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $29.08 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Ultrasound Technologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. Women make up the vast majority of Ultrasound Technologists (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,146 - $81,851
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MEDIAN: $58,475
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$21.23 - $39.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,146 - $81,851  
   
Bonus
$402.68 - $4,562  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$42,227 - $82,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.23 - $39.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$24.43 - $59.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$402.68 - $4,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
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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$42,227 - $82,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 940

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Ultrasound Technologist


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At the upper end, Ultrasound Technologists who move into an Ultrasound Supervisor role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Ultrasound Supervisors is a much higher $76K per year. More often than not, a Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologist role is the next step for Ultrasound Technologists moving up in the field. Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologists usually make $63K per year. Many other Ultrasound Technologists choose to take on an Ultrasound Technician role, where salaries are typically $51K.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasound Technologist


Ultrasound Technologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Abdomen, RVT, RDMS, and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ABDOMINAL and Cardiology. Most people familiar with 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.


Ultrasound Technologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. Ultrasound Technologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $73K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,548

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Ultrasound Technologists that is 22 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Ultrasound Technologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+19 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Knoxville (17 percent lower) and San Antonio (14 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Ultrasound Technologist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

▲20%

▲14%

▲5%

National Average
$61,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

Abdomen
▲5%

RVT
▲4%

▲3%


National Average
$61,000

▼1%

breast
▼1%

ABDOMINAL
▼7%

Cardiology
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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