Ultrasound Technologist Salary

Ultrasound Technologists in the United States can expect wages of $28.66 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $20.08 per hour and $38.51. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Job satisfaction for Ultrasound Technologists is high. The vast majority of Ultrasound Technologists (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,465 - $80,434
(Median)
$36K
$59K
$80K
MEDIAN: $58,526
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$20.08 - $38.51
(Median)
$20
$29
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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


Ultrasound Technologists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in RVT, breast, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Abdomen are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ABDOMINAL. Those proficient in Obstetrics/Gynecology are, more often than not, also skilled in Abdomen.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technologist

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


Ultrasound Technologists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $53K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $63K. Ultrasound Technologists bring in $69K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of 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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