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Salary of an Ultrasound Technician

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Basic Salary Information:

Ultrasound technicians are basically diagnostic medical sonographers, who use ultrasonic imaging to examine internal organs and help physicians with a proper diagnosis. In an average, this profession pays at around $64,400 per year. This is considerably high salary, and also this profession has a very high growth in the market and also has quite a demand, as statistics shows that the Job Outlook for Ultrasound Technician is at around 44 percent. This is much faster than most careers in America. The following is a table showing the average annual income of an ultrasound technician on top paying states:

States

Average Annual income of Ultrasound technicians

New York

$74,000

Mississippi

$74,000

Virgin Islands

$73,000

Massachusetts

$72,000

Washington

$72,000

Georgia

$69,000

California

$69,000

Connecticut

$68,000

American Samoa

$68,000

New Jersey

$67,000

As shown in the table, the salaries vary with state one is working in. Various factors like the demand, cost of living, life style play important role in determining the salary of ultrasound technician in these states. Another factor that plays a role in determining the salary is the experience. A fresh graduate can only earn around $30,000 per year but this amount will increase as his experience in the field goes up. Experience combined with the location of job determine the income of an ultrasound tech. How much does an ultrasound technician make is shown in the table below:

Experience  No. of years
1-4 Years $29,056 to $60,200
5-9 years $42,247 to $77,869
10-20 years $41,217 to $86,000
More than 20 $57,000 to $103,856

Other Factors and Influences that determine salary:

The average salary of Ultrasound technician is often compared to the salary of a Home Health Care.There are additional factors that come into play when you are an Ultrasound Technician. Factors such as geographical, educational, Field of expertise and experience affect you salary a lot. As you can see from the table above that geographical locations play a huge factor when it comes to this profession. It is further varied by your field of expertise and experience.

Area of Specialization  Average Salary
Breast Sonogrpaher $70,000
Obstetric and Gynecological Ultrasound Technicians $39,000
Echocardiography Ultrasound Technician $54,000
Neuro Ultrasound Technicians $114,000
Vascular Ultrasound Technicians $63,000
Therapeutic Ultrasound Technicians $86,000

As shown in the table, the salary also depends in the area of sonography one is specialized in.  Neuro Ultrasound Technicians earn the highest average salary followed by Therapeutic Ultrasound Technicians. Research shows that the majority of Ultrasound technicians earning at around $65000 are above the age of 50. And about 50% of the ultrasound technicians that have a salary of over $65000 has a Registered Vascular Technologist certification or is a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer.

Ultrasound Technicians make a vital diagnosis that affects the patient directly. You get to save lives. That’s not something everyone gets to say. Your role makes you feel important and you get a really good remuneration. What more can you ask for?

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