Ultrasound Technologist Salary

Average Ultrasound Technologists in the United States make around $29.34 per hour. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Ultrasound Technologists is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Women account for the majority of Ultrasound Technologists who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,284 - $81,890
$36K
$58K
$82K
MEDIAN: $57,965
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$20.96 - $39.78
$21
$29
$40
MEDIAN: $29.34
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,284 - $81,890  
   
Bonus
$354.79 - $4,546  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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).
)
$41,773 - $83,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.96 - $39.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$24.11 - $59.48  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$354.79 - $4,546  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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).
)
$41,773 - $83,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 974

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)

Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


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. With an annual salary of $63K, Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologist is the most common role for Ultrasound Technologists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Ultrasound Technician role — which usually pays $51K — is also typical for Ultrasound Technologists, though less common by comparison.

Ultrasound Technologist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Ultrasound Technologist


Ultrasound Technologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Abdomen, RDMS, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and RVT are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Cardiology and ABDOMINAL. Most people who know Obstetrics/Gynecology also know Abdomen.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technologist

Pay by Experience for an Ultrasound Technologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Ultrasound Technologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 593 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Ultrasound Technologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 285 salaries. An experienced Ultrasound Technologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 269 salaries. An Ultrasound Technologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 114 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,901

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

For Ultrasound Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Ultrasound Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Ultrasound Technologists in Miami earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Knoxville and Pittsburgh (17 percent lower).

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Ultrasound Technologist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
ADVERTISEMENT
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
United States (change)

Experience Affects Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

▲19%

▲14%

▲5%

National Average
$61,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

Abdomen
▲4%

▲3%


RVT
▲2%

National Average
$61,000

▼1%

breast
▼2%

ABDOMINAL
▼8%

Cardiology
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 27%
ADVERTISEMENT