Ultrasound Technologist Salary

Ultrasound Technologists in the United States take home approximately $28.34 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $19.87 per hour and $37.83. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Ultrasound Technologists are female. For the most part, Ultrasound Technologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,094 - $80,386

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$19.87 - $37.83

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,094 - $80,386  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,500  
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).
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$40,720 - $80,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.87 - $37.83  
   
Overtime
$24.51 - $55.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,500  
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).
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$40,720 - $80,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 984
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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.

Common Career Paths for Ultrasound Technologist


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Ultrasound Technologists who go on to become Ultrasound Supervisors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Ultrasound Supervisors is $75K annually. Given that the median pay is $58K, it may be surprising to find that a Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist is the most common role for Ultrasound Technologists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologist role — which pays $62K — is also typical for Ultrasound Technologists, though less common by comparison.

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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, breast, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. 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.


For Ultrasound Technologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $52K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $62K. For Ultrasound Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $71K on average.

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

RVT
up arrow 14%

ABDOMINAL
up arrow 6%

breast
up arrow 6%

Vascular
up arrow 4%

RDMS
up arrow 3%

Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN)
up arrow 3%

Abdomen
up arrow 3%

National Average
$60,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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