Salary for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

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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 gets an average compensation that can range from $53,790 - $105,340 depending on levels of tenure. will most likely earn wages of seventy-seven thousand seven hundred and ninety dollars on a yearly basis.

are compensated at the highest average salary in California, where they earn average job salaries of close to about $108,400. They have the best average pay in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they can get salary pay of $87,780.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 44.83 percent nationwide in that time.

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Diagnostic Medical Sonographers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$87,780
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$87,190
Educational Services
$84,580
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$84,560
Health Care and Social Assistance
$77,670
Public Administration
$71,840

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$69,900
Public Administration
$71,840
Health Care and Social Assistance
$77,670
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$84,560
Educational Services
$84,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$87,190