The amount of money an ultrasound technician is able to earn can vary significantly depending factors such as the state the ultrasound technician operates in and their level of education/experience.
In the United States the average salary for an ultrasound technician is around $67,200 per year or $30 – $40 per hour, however experience and location can play a big role in how much an ultrasound technician brings home.
On the lower end of the spectrum ultrasounds technicians that are just starting out in their career or those who are in rural locations where there are less patients/clients to attend to the expected take home salary may be closer to $56,000 per year.
Highly educated and trained ultrasound technicians and those that operate in busy metropolitan areas or in states that have a higher average income may expect to make a salary of around $80,000 per year.
Below we have provided several factors that can have a significant impact on an ultrasound technician’s salary:
State of employment – Depending on what state an ultrasound technician is employed in they may have a higher cost of living and/or a higher average salary which can impact their salary significantly in either a positive or negative way.
Education and training – Technicians that have gone through years of training and have earned an advanced degree in their field may have the opportunity to advance in their career and move into specialized fields that have higher wages, increased benefits and/or extra perks.
Negotiated salary – While self explanatory ultrasound technicians that negotiate a higher salary with their employer will make more money than those who have not negotiated a higher salary.
Overtime – Ultrasound technicians that work in facilities that offer lots of overtime or in places where overtime is mandatory may make significantly more due to the increased pay they earn while working on overtime shifts.
Taxes – While the previous factors focus on increasing an ultrasound technicians salary taxes can play a major role in reducing a technician’s salary. States that have higher tax rates and/or additional state taxes may significantly reduce an ultrasounds technicians take home pay.
Those who are interested in beginning a career as an ultrasound technician will have plenty of opportunities to find a job that fits their level of education and training and will be able to choose an area of specialty they are interested in.
In fact it is estimated that by the year 2020 their will be an increase of at least 40% more jobs available to those who work in the ultrasound field.
In order to meet the demands of an ever increasing population and make sure they have enough ultrasound technicians to take care of their patients employers are likely to increase the salaries of ultrasound technicians who currently work for them as well as for those they are planning on hiring in the future.
For information on becoming an ultrasound technician be sure to read: how to become an ultrasound technician