Median pay for Ultrasound Technologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $28.97 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most Ultrasound Technologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Ultrasound Technologists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,443 - $81,356
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MEDIAN: $58,594
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$20.79 - $39.38
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,443 - $81,356  
   
Bonus
$391.49 - $4,122  
Profit Sharing
$2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$41,965 - $82,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.79 - $39.38  
   
Overtime
$24.47 - $59.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$391.49 - $4,122  
   
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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$41,965 - $82,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 932
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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 transition into an Ultrasound Supervisor role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $76K per year. More often than not, a Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologist role is the next step for Ultrasound Technologists moving up in the field. Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologists usually make $63K per year. Many other Ultrasound Technologists choose to take on an Ultrasound Technician role, where salaries are typically $51K.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasound Technologist


Ultrasound Technologists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Abdomen, RDMS, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and RVT are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include ABDOMINAL. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $54K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $64K. On average, Ultrasound Technologists make $69K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $73K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,424

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

For Ultrasound Technologists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Ultrasound Technologists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Knoxville is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Miami (16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Ultrasound Technologist Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

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

RVT
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breast
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National Average
$60,000

Vascular
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Cardiology
up arrow 2%

ABDOMINAL
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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