Ultrasound Technician Salary

Ultrasound technician

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Your 2014 Guide to Ultrasound Technician Salaries

Ultrasound technician salaries rank among some of the highest salaries of all medical technician fields. In fact, Monster.com named ultrasonography as the second best paying job you can get with an associates degree, as compared to other associates degree holders. High earnings potential, combined with great employment outlook, makes ultrasonography a popular choice.

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Ultrasound Technician Salary Comparisons

Below is a comparison between an ultrasound tech salary and the salaries of similar professions. As you will see, ultrasound technicians are paid, on average, a higher income than similar professions. The data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Profession Lowest 10% Median Highest 10%
Ultrasound Technician/Diagnostic Medical Sonographer $44,990 $65,860 $91,070
Radiologic Technologists $37,060 $54,620 $77,160
Cardiovascular Tech $27,830 $52,070 $80,790
Medical Assistants $21,080 $29,370 $41,570
Surgical Technologists $29,710 $41,790 $60,240

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2012 Data.

Factors That Affect Ultrasound Tech Salary

What is the Average Salary for an Ultrasound Tech?

An ultrasound technician salary is dependent on several factors. First of all, the more education and experience a sonographer or ultrasound tech has, generally the higher his or her income will be. Ultrasound technician pay also depends on the area the sonographer is specialized in, such as vascular or cardiac ultrasound. Ultrasound technician salary is also dependent on the state in which a sonographer is working. The following table compares salaries among the top-paying states.

State Mean Salary
California $84,220
Oregon $81,010
Washington $79,980
Massachusetts $78,450
Connecticut $78,430

Career One Stop, 2012 Data

Employment Outlook for Ultrasound Technicians

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the  job outlook for diagnostic medical sonographers, commonly referred to as ultrasound technicians, is very promising with a projection of 44% more positions available by the year 2020. The BLS adds that the mean ultrasound technician salary in May 2012 was $66,360 annually; the top 10% among the ultrasound job market made over $91,000 and the lowest 10% made less than $45,000. With ultrasound technician demand expected to grow, salaries in turn should reflect the growing value placed on sonography within the medical world. (Note: Ultrasound technicians may also be referred to as diagnostic medical sonographers, ultrasound technologists, ultrasonographers and other terms).

Already an Ultrasound Technician?  Here’s How to Increase Your Salary

In general, the higher and more specialized level of education, the higher the ultrasound technician salary. For example, if you specialize in Obstetrics/Gynecology, and become certified through the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) you will receive a higher ultrasound tech pay than if you practice General Sonography. Also a Bachelor or even a Master Degree in Ultrasound opens up the doors for higher paying positions, such as in consulting, management or education.

What type of employer pays the highest ultrasound salary?  According to the BLS, colleges, universities and professional schools pay the highest ultrasound salary, with an average annual pay of $74,940 for May 2012. For that same year, on average, Outpatient Care Centers paid $72,200, Physician Offices paid $66,900, Hospitals paid $66,390 and Medical and Diagnostic Labs paid $64,340.

Recently the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) surveyed its membership to compile information on average salaries and benefits for each area of sonography, such as cardiac, obstetrics, vascular, neuro-ultrasound and general. The report is now available to all SDMS members.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2012 Data: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#29-0000
*Career One Stop, http://www.careerinfonet.org/Occ_Intro.asp?id=1&nodeid=1
*BLS: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm

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