Ultrasound Technologist Salary

Ultrasound Technologists in the United States take home approximately $29.10 per hour on average. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Ultrasound Technologists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and just over a half receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,720 - $82,460
$37K
$59K
$82K
MEDIAN: $58,553
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$21.02 - $39.62
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MEDIAN: $29.10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,720 - $82,460  
   
Bonus
$402.68 - $4,562  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$42,051 - $82,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$21.02 - $39.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.04  
Overtime
$24.21 - $59.56  
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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$42,051 - $82,969  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 909
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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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Ultrasound Technologists who transition into an Ultrasound Supervisor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $76K per year. A Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologist role is the most common promotion for Ultrasound Technologists moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $63K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Ultrasound Technologists is an Ultrasound Technician position, where earnings are usually $51K.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasound Technologist


Ultrasound Technologists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Abdomen, RDMS, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and RVT are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cardiology and ABDOMINAL. The majority of those who know 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Ultrasound Technologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $69K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $72K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,588

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

For those looking to make money, Ultrasound Technologists in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Ultrasound Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). Ultrasound Technologists in Miami report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Knoxville and 16 percent less in Pittsburgh, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Ultrasound Technologist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 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%

▲6%

National Average
$61,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

Abdomen
▲5%

▲3%


RVT
▲2%

National Average
$61,000

▼1%

breast
▼2%

ABDOMINAL
▼7%

Cardiology
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 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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