How Much Do Ultrasound Technicians Make?

Ultrasound Tech SalaryUltrasound techs, also known as diagnostic medical sonographers, diagnostic ultrasound professionals, sonography technologists, and ultrasound technicians, carry out diagnostic ultrasound procedures.

Most ultrasound technicians work in hospitals. Sometimes working in other healthcare settings such as smaller medical practices, physicians’ offices, and laboratories.

They work with other members of the medical profession, and sometimes manage their own department. They are required to adhere to the medical code of conduct, and carry out a competent code of practice with patient safety.

Ultrasound Tech Salary

How much do ultrasound techs make? By looking at the recorded median wage for techs we can determine the average ultrasound techs salary in the US.

Ultrasound Tech Job DescriptionThe median wage is calculated by taking the midpoint between the lowest and top earners in the profession. The median wage is $72,510. While the lowest 10% earns less than $51,430, and the top 10% earns above $100,480.

This means an ultrasound techs starting salary is around $50,000. Depending on some factors such as geographic location, medical experience, and qualifications. Noticeably higher than some other occupations, reflective of the importance and competence of the position.

Most ultrasound technicians work full time. However, because they work in facilities that are typically open 24 hours a day they often work evenings, weekends, nights, and over holidays.

Practitioners in other closely related occupations often move into being an ultrasound technician. Such as a radiation therapist, or another diagnostic medical sonographer. With some on the job training, the skill-set can be transferred across.

Top 5 Paying States

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
California Flag
California
0.31
$43.20
$89,870
Oregon Flag
Oregon
0.32
$41.33
$85,970
Alaska Flag
Alaska
0.24
$39.78
$82,740
Washington Flag
Washington
0.48
$39.69
$82,550
Colorado flag
Colorado


0.34
$37.89

$78,810

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Specialty Hospitals
0.17
$36.32
$75,550
Outpatient Care Centers
0.21
$35.06
$72,930
Professional Schools , Colleges, and Universities
0.01
$34.74
$72,270
Other Health Practitioners Offices
0.02
$34.61
$71,980
Employment Services
0.01
$34.28
$71,310

Ultrasound Tech Job Description

Ultrasound technicians use special imaging equipment to view, create, and examine images. The images and resulting from tests run with ultrasound equipment allows the practitioners to diagnose medical conditions.

What do ultrasound techs do on a daily basis? Here are some key tasks and duties:

  • Converse with patients and examine their medical history.
  • Maintain and operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Work with and analyze images to check for medical issues.
  • Provide a summary of the information from the diagnostic results.
  • Update and maintain patient records.

Diagnostic medical sonographers work in a similar field, often sharing tasks with ultrasound technicians. They specialize in taking images of organs and tissue from the body. Examples of medical sonographers include:

Abdominal sonographers – They specialize in taking images from the patient’s abdominal area. Such as organs like the kidney, pancreas, spleen, liver, etc

Breast sonographers – They specialize in taking images of breast tissue. Looking for cysts, tumors and other abnormalities.

Musculoskeletal sonographers – They specialize in taking images of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Neurosonography – They specialize in taking images of a patient’s’ nervous system. This included the spinal cord and brain. Looking for disease and other issues developing.

Gynecologic sonographers – They specialize in taking images of the female reproductive system. Also tracking the development of a child to look for possible birth defects.

Throughout an ultrasound techs career they will see thousands of patients. Making interpersonal skills an important asset to an ultrasound technician. Sometimes it will be necessary to work with patients in physical pain, mental distress, and social difficulties.

Other skills and qualities important to ultrasound technicians include:

Attention to detail – Working with images that are not always clear requires a good eye for detail. It can be the difference between spotting a potentially dangerous condition, or missing it.

Hand-eye coordination – Imaging equipment requires good hand-eye coordination. Ultrasound techs must be able to accurately handle the equipment while looking at the patient’s body, and the images being produced.

Being physically fit – Ultrasound techs are often on their feet for long periods of time. Also needing to help patients move around if they are less able.

Most insurers and employers require professional certifications. There are certification awards by passing exams and going through accredited programs.

Ultrasound Tech Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
1.042
$12.87
$26,760
Alaska Flag
Alaska
0.427
$18.53
$38,540
Arizona Flag
Arizona
0.956
$14.38
$29,910
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
0.804
$12.19
$25,350
California Flag
California
0.76
$18.16
$37,770
Colorado flag
Colorado
0.759
$17.11
$35,580
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
1.01
$17.59
$36,590
Delaware flag
Delaware
1.101
$17.60
$36,600
Florida Flag
Florida
0.855
$13.63
$28,350
Georgia Flag
Georgia
0.895
$14.26
$29,660
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
1.034
$16.71
$34,760
Idaho Flag
Idaho
1.037
$14.31
$29,760
Illinois Flag
Illinois
0.883
$16.27
$33,850
Indiana Flag
Indiana
0.889
$13.90
$28,910
Iowa Flag
Iowa
0.706
$13.50
$28,080
Kansas Flag
Kansas
0.526
$14.25
$29,640
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
1.076
$13.71
$28,520
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
0.977
$13.69
$28,470
Maine Flag
Maine
0.928
$13.85
$28,800
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.745
$17.88
$37,190
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.78
$17.71
$36,830
Michigan Flag
Michigan
0.593
$13.69
$28,470
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
0.666
$16.76
$34,850
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.779
$12.44
$25,880
Missouri Flag
Missouri
0.736
$13.13
$27,310
Montana Flag
Montana
0.562
$14.48
$30,110
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
0.655
$14.20
$29,540
Nevada Flag
Nevada
0.732
$17.19
$35,760
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
1.04
$15.88
$33,040
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
1.217
$16.68
$34,690
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
0.569
$13.93
$28,970
New York Flag
New York
0.573
$18.17
$37,790
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
1.105
$13.63
$28,350
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
0.998
$14.13
$29,390
Ohio Flag
Ohio
0.917
$14.31
$29,760
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
0.748
$14.34
$29,840
Oregon Flag
Oregon
0.953
$16.91
$35,170
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
0.937
$15.00
$31,190
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
1.769
$17.61
$36,630
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
0.702
$12.69
$26,390
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.518
$12.74
$26,500
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
0.938
$12.69
$26,390
Texas Flag
Texas
0.778
$14.53
$30,230
Utah Flag
Utah
0.952
$12.66
$26,340
Vermont Flag
Vermont
0.99
$15.01
$31,230
Virginia Flag
Virginia
0.961
$15.28
$31,790
Washington Flag
Washington
0.628
$16.87
$35,090
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
1.142
$12.69
$26,400
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
0.836
$15.72
$32,690
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
1.022
$14.62
$30,410

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
San Jose / Sunnyvale / Santa Clara, – CA
0.22
$54.36
$113,080
San Francisco / San Mateo-Redwood City – CA – Metropolitan Division
0.23
$54.20
$112,740
Santa Cruz / Watsonville – CA
0.45
$53.98
$112,280
Vallejo / Fairfield – CA
0.49
$51.79
$107,730
Fremont / Oakland / Hayward – CA Metropolitan Division
0.40
$50.31
$104,640

Top paying non-metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
North Coast, Region of California, nonmetropolitan area
0.34
$47.75
$99,320
Western Colorado – nonmetropolitan area
0.30
$37.97
$78,970
Eastern Wisconsin – nonmetropolitan area
0.42
$37.43
$77,850
Western Montana – nonmetropolitan area
0.45
$37.37
$77,730
Mother Lode – Region of California – nonmetropolitan area
0.78
$36.83
$76,610

Ultrasound Tech Job Outlook

There is an expected growth of 23% for all workers in the diagnostic medical sonographers until 2026. This is considerably faster than the average of all occupations.

One of the main reasons for this growth is the expected technological advancements in the imagery field. Meaning more imagery will be used, in place of current costly medical procedures.

Couple this with the baby-boom population, an increase in medical insurance and availability of healthcare to a wider population, and the ever-aging population. These several reasons add confidence to the expected growth of the occupation.

Individuals who are certified are expected to have the best opportunities. Those who seek certification in more than one specialty also increase their opportunities. It’s an exciting time to become an ultrasound technician, with a varied and expansive range of job opportunities expected as technology and procedures advance.

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