Ultrasound Technologist Salary

Ultrasound Technologists in the United States take home approximately $28.19 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $19.76 per hour on the lower side but can approach $38.02 on the higher side. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Ultrasound Technologists (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$33,741 - $80,710
(Median)
$34K
$57K
$81K
MEDIAN: $56,550
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$19.76 - $38.02
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,741 - $80,710  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
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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$40,348 - $80,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.76 - $38.02  
   
Overtime
$24.62 - $56.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
   
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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$40,348 - $80,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 980
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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.

Common Career Paths for Ultrasound Technologist


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For Ultrasound Technologists, progressing to an Ultrasound Supervisor role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Ultrasound Supervisor can earn $75K annually. Going from Ultrasound Technologist to Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Diagnostic Ultrasound Technologists is $58K. Many others choose to work as Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technologists, where pay is typically $62K.

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Popular Skills for Ultrasound Technologist


Survey results suggest that Ultrasound Technologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in RVT, ABDOMINAL, breast, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. For most people, competency in Obstetrics/Gynecology indicates knowledge of Abdomen.

Pay by Experience Level for Ultrasound Technologist

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


For many Ultrasound Technologists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $52K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary 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
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Experienced
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National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Ultrasound Technologist Salaries

RVT
up arrow 15%

ABDOMINAL
up arrow 7%

Vascular
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breast
up arrow 5%

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

RDMS
up arrow 3%

Abdomen
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National Average
$59,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 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: 26%
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