Salary for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Also known as:  Cardiac/Vascular Sonographer, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Sonographer, Ultrasonographer, Ultrasound Technician, Ultrasound Technologist

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The work of diagnostic medical sonographers involves the creation of ultrasonographic recordings for diagnostic purposes. These individuals position and prepare patients for ultrasound testing, clean and apply gel to the areas being examined, and create the actual recordings for physician use. They may select which images to show to physicians by determining the difference between normal and affected tissues, and may chart factors such as blood flow, size, shape and compositions of organs, tissues or bodily masses, and may choose to extend the scope of an exam based on findings. These personnel are also required to create and maintain medical records for patients. Some college training is required for this profession, and the majority of diagnostic medical sonographers also have Associate's or Bachelor's degrees.

A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer can get salaries in a range of 48000 to 72000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers usually get average salaries of Sixty Five Thousand One Hundred dollars per year.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers are paid most highly in Massachusetts, which has an average salary rate of close to $78460. People in this category of job have the highest average potential salary in Educational Services, where they get job pay of $72650.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.30 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers tend to make the most in the following industries
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $72,650
Educational Services $72,280
Management of Companies and Enterprises $68,680
Public Administration $66,880
Health Care and Social Assistance $64,770
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $58,400
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $58,400
Health Care and Social Assistance $64,770
Public Administration $66,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises $68,680
Educational Services $72,280
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $72,650
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