Ultrasound Technician Salary
Salaries for an ultrasound technician will be based on a number of factors. Compensation will be dependent upon the individuals experience or number of years they have been employed. Additionally, ultrasound technicians who have earned a credential from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) will receive higher rates of compensation. Another major factor influencing salaries for medical sonographers is education. It goes without saying that those possessing higher levels of education and specialization in certain areas of medical sonography will command more in the marketplace.
Beyond these factors, aspiring ultrasound technicians should understand that geography and work site locations impact compensation levels. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, sonographers working in medical and diagnostic laboratories are on average the lowest paid members of the profession. However, those working in outpatient care centers receive the highest compensation on average.
The BLS found that the average salary for an ultrasound technician was $64,380 in 2010, with the top 10 percent of the profession earning more than $88,000. Salary.com reports that the average ultrasound technician salary is $66,686. Readers should also be aware of that fact that compensation can be increased by electing to be on call. Given the unpredictable nature of medical injuries and hospitalization, sonographers can receive additional compensation by virtue of being on-call during nights and weekends.
When you break the average annual salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer into an hourly rate, professionals with some experience can expect to approach $31.00 an hour or more. Obviously, sonographers who are just starting their career will make considerably less than this figure.
Moreover, individuals who become ultrasound technicians have the opportunity to vertically promote within an organization and potentially earn higher compensation and receive better benefit packages.
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