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Ultrasound Technologist Salary

Median pay for Ultrasound Technologists in the United States is around $28.21 per hour. Pay generally varies between $19.59 per hour and $38.03. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. For the most part, Ultrasound Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Ultrasound Technologists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,956 - $79,536
(Median)
$33K
$56K
$80K
MEDIAN: $55,621
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$19.59 - $38.03
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,956 - $79,536  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,948  
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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$39,929 - $80,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.59 - $38.03  
   
Overtime
$25.50 - $57.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,948  
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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$39,929 - $80,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 981

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Job Description for Ultrasound Technologist

An ultrasound technologist is a trained medical professional who uses an ultrasound machine (a machine based on sound waves) to produce internal images of the body for use by a physician for diagnosing and monitoring various medical conditions. The ultrasound technologist must be knowledgeable in the anatomy of the body for positioning the machine and obtaining the best images possible. Ultrasound technology is used on many parts of the body, and is used in obstetrics for monitoring a fetus. Most ultrasound technologists work in a hospital setting, and may work days, nights, weekends and holidays. Some ultrasound technicians are employed in outpatient clinics and physicians' offices, in which case they normally work Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m. Ultrasound technologists must have good eyesight, as they frequently work in dim lighting and with black-and-white computer images. To become an ultrasound technologist, one must complete an accredited training program which can be up to 4 years in length. One-year certificates can be obtained by individuals with prior experience in the medical field. Training includes a combination of classroom lectures and clinical training. Upon graduation, the candidate must obtain certification by passing a national examination administered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography or another professional organization. An ultrasound technician can also obtain certifications in specialty areas, such as obstetrics. The daily activities of an ultrasound technician include positioning and preparing the patient for the procedure, and explaining the procedure to the patient. The ultrasound technician must obtain quality images, and often will need to obtain several views of the same area for comparison. The ultrasound technician must also process the images and prepare them for observation by the physician. The ultrasound technician must document the procedure as indicated by the employing facility.


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 show that Ultrasound Technologists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in RVT, ABDOMINAL, Vascular, and Obstetrics/Gynecology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Those familiar with Obstetrics/Gynecology also tend to know Abdomen.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technologist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $69K in this role. Ultrasound Technologists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $72K.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 16%


National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

RVT
up arrow 18%

ABDOMINAL
up arrow 7%

Vascular
up arrow 5%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 4%

RDMS
up arrow 3%

breast
up arrow 3%

Abdomen
up arrow 2%

National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 26%
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