Diagnostic Sonographer / Ultrasound Technician Salary

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As a diagnostic sonographer or ultrasound technician, the salary you receive is directly dependent on a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Location
  • Years of Experience
  • Education Level
  • Type of Employer
  • Specialty

In all areas of this field, job outlook is good, as the health field is rapidly expanding and qualified workers are needed in all areas, including sonography. If you want to make the most money, you need to take the above characteristics into consideration.

Location

As of May 2016, the median wage for all sonographers was about $69,650 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can expect more if you live in some areas, however. As of 2016, the states where you could earn the most money as a sonographer, on average were as follows:

  • California: $93,350
  • Washington D.C.: $87,570
  • Washington (State): $86,970
  • Oregon: $84,160
  • Colorado: $81,830

In general, you can also earn more money if you live and work in a city, rather than in a more rural area, though it is important to note that cost of living is higher in cities as well. As of 2016 statistics, sonographers in the following metropolitan cities were paid the most:

  • San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division: $116,480
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division: $109,160
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $107,090
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, CA: $104,440
  • Kennewick-Richland, WA: $104,080

Year of Experience

No matter where you live, the longer you work as a sonographer, the more you’ll get paid. Even without going back to school for more advanced education, working in the field allows you to learn technical skills that help you perform your job better.

Keep in mind, that you’ll also often earn more if you stay with a single employer over the years. Companies like to reward employees as much as possible, and you’ll qualify for bigger bonuses every year you continue to work for the same facility. It makes more sense, in most cases, than jumping from company to company.

Education Level

If you want to be a sonographer, you can choose a two-year program or a four-year program. You’ll earn more if you go through the longer program, since you’ll have a deeper knowledge base in your field from the start. Currently, states do not require that you’re certified to work as a sonographer, but if you take this extra step and go through the certification process, not only will you qualify for more jobs, but employers will offer you higher salaries.

Type of Employer

While the most sonography jobs can be found in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and laboratories, the most lucrative positions can be found with employment services, management companies, specialty hospitals, colleges/universities, and outpatient care centers. In general, larger companies also pay more than smaller companies, but it depends on the specific company.

Specialty

In some sonography specialties, you can expect to make more money than in others. Usually, this depends both on demand and on degree of difficulty. For example, you can expect to make more money as a neurosonographers than you can as a an OB-GYN sonographer. Other specialties you can consider include breast sononography and abdominal sonography.

Online Ultrasound Tech Degree Programs

Having a degree in the healthcare field is a wise move for anyone looking to become a part of a growing medical field. Becoming an ultra sound tech generally requires some formal training, with the most popular form of education being a two-year degree in a field such as medical assisting, as there aren't really any degrees specific to ultrasound technicians. The following schools offer accredited online degree programs in related healthcare fields.

Purdue University
Purdue University

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Ultimate Medical Academy
Ultimate Medical Academy

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Rasmussen College
Rasmussen College

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Southern Technical College
Southern Technical College

ACICS

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American Institute
American Institute

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ECPI University
ECPI University

ACICS

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McCann School of Business and Technology
McCann School of Business and Technology

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CollegeAmerica
CollegeAmerica

ACICS

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