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How Ultrasound Technicians can Earn More

Updated on February 23, 2014

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Ultrasound Technician - The Job and Salary

Pursuing a career as an ultrasound technician is among the most paying options for medical assistants. One of the advantages a sonographer has over other medical technologists and registered nurses is that one can pursue this career even when one doesn't have higher training. Before discussing the salary of a sonographer, it would be logical to shed some light on the medical qualifications and duties required in the profession.

Job Description

The basic profile of an ultrasound technician is to deal with imaging equipment that is run on high-frequency sound waves. Visual images of body tissues and organs are created using these sound waves. One of the roles of the sonographer is to prepare the patients to undergo the test. The various tasks dealing with the ultrasound machine include:

· Adjusting the setting in order to evaluate the patient’s body condition

· Studying and diagnosing the images to find problems in the body

· Ensuring clarity and details of the images for the facilitation of the physician

In addition to dealing with the machine and the images, the technician is also required to maintain the records of patients for future reference.


Due to the high importance of ultrasound technicians in the health care field, the salaries in this trade are highly competitive. Compared to other medical assistant jobs such as surgical technicians, X-ray technicians or pharmacy technicians, the salary of ultrasound technicians are relatively higher and at par if not lesser than those of registered nurses.

As per latest statistics, the national average annual salary of an ultrasound technician is around $68,000 with the salary range lying between $52,000 and $84,000. The present number of professionals in the field is more than 50,000 and it is always experiencing a significant growth.

The settings where ultrasound technicians earn the most are:

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Physician’s office
Diagnostic laboratories

In order to earn the maximum in this field, professionals need to work in companies that work in close relation to employment services. In such setups you can expect to earn as much as $68,000, and working at higher management levels you can expect to earn much higher. Specialty hospitals are also ideal for earning higher salaries in the profession.

Factors affecting Salaries

In addition to the settings, the area of work also has a strong bearing on salaries in the profession. For example, you can expect to earn maximum salary in Massachusetts, followed by Oregon and Colorado respectively. In such locations you can expect to earn as high as $78,000 or more.

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