How Much Does An Ultrasound Tech Make?

In Salary, Technician & Technologist
April 27, 2017

Ultrasound Technician - Entry Level Medical Jobs That Don't Require A Degree

If you’ve found yourself on a page about how much diagnostic medical sonographers, or ultrasound techs, make, you may be entertaining the thought of becoming one in the future. This article takes an in-depth look at what job growth and salaries of these healthcare professionals will look like for the coming years.

Ultrasound technologists play a critical role in patient care by taking images (sonograms) of particular areas of the body in need of diagnosis.

If you’re considering a career in healthcare, medical sonography can be a very attractive option due to the very high salaries and above-average growth rate over the coming decade.

How Much Do Ultrasound Techs Make?

How much an ultrasound tech can make via salary can vary depending on the location of the job, corporate vs. private practice, experience of the individual, and demand for diagnostic medical sonographers. Use the table at the end of this article to find out whether your state, or the state you eventually want to work in, pays its ultrasound techs above or below the national average.

As represented in the graph below, psychiatrists can expect to earn a median hourly wage of $99.55, or $207,067 per year:

Ultrasound Technician

Return on Investment

Diagnostic medical sonographers and ultrasound techs have one of the best cost-benefit ratios in the healthcare industry. Most CAAHEP certified sonography programs are 2-year programs resulting in earning an associate’s degree.

Most of these are offered can be found at your local community colleges, and can be very cost-effective. Compared to physicians who may have to pay up to $480,000 over the course of their lives for their education, diagnostic medical sonographers will have to take out very little in student loans.

Best States for Ultrasound Tech Salaries

A major factor in determining what your salary may look like is the location in which you plan to work. However, this principle applies to nearly all occupations largely due to the varying cost-of-living rates across the country.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects salary and employment data for nearly all positions, nationwide. The following table includes all data compiled from the BLS from each state including total number of jobs and wages as of May 2016.

Search or sort the table to find out what you can expect to make if sonography is in your future:

*Location quotients serve as a statistical representation of the concentration of a resource, like jobs, with a broader base area.

StateEmploymentEmployment per 1,000 jobsLocation quotientHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama1,1000.581.23$26.41$54,940
Alaska700.210.44$38.24$79,550
Arizona1,4800.561.19$37.30$77,580
Arkansas4900.420.89$29.37$61,090
California5,6400.350.75$44.88$93,350
Colorado8800.350.74$39.34$81,830
Connecticut1,0300.621.32$36.44$75,800
Delaware1600.350.75$35.19$73,190
Florida5,1200.621.33$30.12$62,650
Georgia1,6400.390.83$30.08$62,560
Hawaii1700.270.57$36.40$75,720
Idaho2800.420.90$33.77$70,250
Illinois2,4500.410.89$35.95$74,770
Indiana9700.320.69$31.43$65,370
Iowa8600.561.20$30.03$62,470
Kansas5400.400.85$32.97$68,580
Kentucky8400.450.96$30.16$62,740
Louisiana9400.491.05$26.99$56,130
Maine1900.330.69$33.98$70,690
Maryland1,3700.521.11$34.46$71,690
Massachusetts1,9400.561.20$38.96$81,050
Michigan2,4300.581.23$29.56$61,490
Minnesota1,5400.551.17$37.35$77,680
Mississippi6900.621.32$31.03$64,540
Missouri1,2900.471.00$33.45$69,580
Montana1900.410.88$35.44$73,720
Nebraska4800.491.05$31.44$65,390
Nevada7200.561.20$35.04$72,890
New Hampshire2100.320.68$36.81$76,560
New Jersey2,2800.581.23$35.50$73,850
New Mexico5000.621.32$32.62$67,880
New York4,7300.521.11$34.41$71,570
North Carolina1,7500.410.88$31.07$64,630
North Dakota1200.280.60$32.78$68,190
Ohio2,1600.400.86$30.23$62,870
Oklahoma9000.571.21$31.96$66,470
Oregon6900.390.83$40.46$84,160
Pennsylvania2,5300.440.94$31.74$66,010
Rhode Island3600.761.62$34.33$71,400
South Carolina7200.360.72$30.04$62,490
South Dakota3600.871.85$28.24$58,730
Tennessee1,9000.661.40$29.19$60,710
Texas5,1900.440.94$37.20$77,370
Utah5100.370.81$36.69$76,310
Vermont800.250.53$35.65$74,160
Virginia1,6100.430.92$34.73$72,250
Washington1,4400.471.00$41.81$86,970
West Virginia4900.701.49$27.97$58,180
Wisconsin1,5400.551.17$35.06$72,920
Wyoming700.260.55$31.76$66,070
DC1500.210.45$42.10$87,570

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