careertrend article image
nurse chris image by John Keith from

The Average Salary of a Sonogram Technician

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Sonogram technicians, or ultrasound technicians, are largely associated with pregnancy and fetal imaging, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While many ultrasound technicians do perform imaging diagnostics to check a fetus' progress, there are many other uses for sonogram technology, such as diagnosing abdominal, neurological and breast diseases. Sonogram technicians earn an hourly wage with overtime pay and yearly bonuses.

National Hourly and Annual Salary

As of 2010, ultrasound technicians are earning between $16 and $29 an hour, according to PayScale. Working more than 40 hours in a week earns a technician an overtime wage that ranges from $23 to $44 an hour. Some technicians report earning annual bonuses of as much $1,000. The average annual income totals range from $37,000 to $60,000.

Salary by Experience

As of 2010, information assimilated by PayScale shows a relationship between a technician's number of years in his field and how much money he earns. A technician with less than a year of experience can make between $11 and $20 an hour, while a technician with five years or more of experience can make as much as $34 an hour.

Education and Training

There are several ways to get into ultrasound technology, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Candidates can train in hospitals, in the military, at colleges or vocational schools. Courses in college or technical schools typically result in an associate's or bachelor's degree. Most employers prefer candidates who have completed formal training with an accredited school or practice and who are registered. While certification and registration aren't required, they prove a level of dedication to the profession that employers respect, says the Bureau.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 18 percent increase in jobs for ultrasound technicians through the year 2018. Hospitals will employ the most technicians, but job opportunities are expected to grow more rapidly in private doctor's offices and medical laboratories. Prospects are expected to fluctuate depending on the area of the country, so technicians who are willing to relocate should have the best chances of getting hired.