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

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
California FlagCalifornia 0.31$43.20$89,870
Oregon FlagOregon 0.32$41.33$85,970
Alaska FlagAlaska 0.24$39.78$82,740
Washington FlagWashington 0.48$39.69$82,550
Colorado flagColorado



Top Paying Industries

IndustryPercent of industry employmentHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Specialty Hospitals 0.17$36.32$75,550
Outpatient Care Centers 0.21$35.06$72,930
Professional Schools , Colleges, and Universities0.01$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

FlagStateEmployment per 1000 JobsHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama FlagAlabama1.042$12.87$26,760
Alaska FlagAlaska0.427$18.53$38,540
Arizona FlagArizona0.956$14.38$29,910
Arkansas FlagArkansas0.804$12.19$25,350
California FlagCalifornia0.76$18.16$37,770
Colorado flagColorado0.759$17.11$35,580
Connecticut FlagConnecticut1.01$17.59$36,590
Delaware flagDelaware1.101$17.60$36,600
Florida FlagFlorida0.855$13.63$28,350
Georgia FlagGeorgia0.895$14.26$29,660
Hawaii FlagHawaii1.034$16.71$34,760
Idaho FlagIdaho1.037$14.31$29,760
Illinois FlagIllinois0.883$16.27$33,850
Indiana FlagIndiana0.889$13.90$28,910
Iowa FlagIowa0.706$13.50$28,080
Kansas FlagKansas0.526$14.25$29,640
Kentucky FlagKentucky1.076$13.71$28,520
Louisiana FlagLouisiana0.977$13.69$28,470
Maine FlagMaine0.928$13.85$28,800
Maryland FlagMaryland0.745$17.88$37,190
Massachusetts FlagMassachusetts0.78$17.71$36,830
Michigan FlagMichigan0.593$13.69$28,470
Minnesota FlagMinnesota0.666$16.76$34,850
Mississippi FlagMississippi0.779$12.44$25,880
Missouri FlagMissouri0.736$13.13$27,310
Montana FlagMontana0.562$14.48$30,110
Nebraska FlagNebraska0.655$14.20$29,540
Nevada FlagNevada0.732$17.19$35,760
New Hampshire FlagNew Hampshire1.04$15.88$33,040
New Jersey FlagNew Jersey1.217$16.68$34,690
New Mexico FlagNew Mexico0.569$13.93$28,970
New York FlagNew York0.573$18.17$37,790
North Carolina FlagNorth Carolina1.105$13.63$28,350
North Dakota FlagNorth Dakota0.998$14.13$29,390
Ohio FlagOhio0.917$14.31$29,760
Oklahoma FlagOklahoma0.748$14.34$29,840
Oregon FlagOregon0.953$16.91$35,170
Pennsylvania FlagPennsylvania0.937$15.00$31,190
Rhode Island FlagRhode Island1.769$17.61$36,630
South Carolina FlagSouth Carolina0.702$12.69$26,390
South Dakota FlagSouth Dakota0.518$12.74$26,500
Tennessee FlagTennessee0.938$12.69$26,390
Texas FlagTexas0.778$14.53$30,230
Utah FlagUtah0.952$12.66$26,340
Vermont FlagVermont0.99$15.01$31,230
Virginia FlagVirginia0.961$15.28$31,790
Washington FlagWashington0.628$16.87$35,090
West Virginia FlagWest Virginia1.142$12.69$26,400
Wisconsin FlagWisconsin0.836$15.72$32,690
Wyomin FlagWyoming1.022$14.62$30,410

Top paying metropolitan areas

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual 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

AreaEmployment per 1000 jobsHourly mean wageAnnual 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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Noel Griffith, Ph.D.
Noel Griffith is a Doctor of Philosophy with a strong interest in educational research. He has been an editor-in-chief of since 2014. Noel is an avid reader (non-fiction), enjoys good food, live theatre, and helping others make wiser career decisions.

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