How Much Does A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Make?

Sonographers are an important part of a medical healthcare team. By manipulating the ultrasound machine to produce images of the patient’s internal organs, they help doctors arrive at an accurate diagnosis of a patient’s condition. Sonographers are paid very well and the profession is expected to be in high demand in the next few years.

The educational preparation is only an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, making it ideal for those who would like to work in the healthcare industry but don’t have the time or money to spend for a lengthy school stay.

Sonographer Salary

Average Sonographer Annual Salary

$71,750

The average annual salary for sonographers is $71,750 a year. Salaries start at $48,660 a year and go up to $99,100 a year.

Average Sonographer Hourly Wage

$34.49

The average hourly wage for a sonographer is $34.49. Hourly wages were between $23.39 and $47.64 an hour.

Stats were based out of 65,790 employed sonographers in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Sonographer

$99,100/year $47.64/hour

(Top 10% of Sonographers)


Senior Sonographer

$82,320/year $39.58/hour

(Top 25% of Sonographers)


Mid Level Sonographer

$69,650/year $33.49/hour

(Median)


Junior Sonographer

$57,530/year $27.66/hour

(Bottom 25% of Sonographers)


Entry Level Sonographer

$48,660/year $23.39/hour

(Bottom 10% of Sonographers)


Sonographer Average Salary Comparison

Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$75k / year
$36 / hour
Dental Hygienists
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Orthotists and Prosthetists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$69k / year
$33 / hour
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Radiologic Technologists
$59k / year
$28 / hour
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Hearing Aid Specialists
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Respiratory Therapy Technicians
$50k / year
$24 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Sonographers

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Sonographers

Sonographer Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 California $44.88 $93,350
#2 District of Columbia $42.10 $87,570
#3 Washington $41.81 $86,970
#4 Oregon $40.46 $84,160
#5 Colorado $39.34 $81,830
#6 Massachusetts $38.96 $81,050
#7 Alaska $38.24 $79,550
#8 Minnesota $37.35 $77,680
#9 Arizona $37.30 $77,580
#10 Texas $37.20 $77,370
#11 New Hampshire $36.81 $76,560
#12 Utah $36.69 $76,310
#13 Connecticut $36.44 $75,800
#14 Hawaii $36.40 $75,720
#15 Illinois $35.95 $74,770
#16 Vermont $35.65 $74,160
#17 New Jersey $35.50 $73,850
#18 Montana $35.44 $73,720
#19 Delaware $35.19 $73,190
#20 Wisconsin $35.06 $72,920
#21 Nevada $35.04 $72,890
#22 Virginia $34.73 $72,250
#23 Maryland $34.46 $71,690
#24 New York $34.41 $71,570
#25 Rhode Island $34.33 $71,400
#26 Maine $33.98 $70,690
#27 Idaho $33.77 $70,250
#28 Missouri $33.45 $69,580
#29 Kansas $32.97 $68,580
#30 North Dakota $32.78 $68,190
#31 New Mexico $32.63 $67,880
#32 Oklahoma $31.96 $66,470
#33 Wyoming $31.76 $66,070
#34 Pennsylvania $31.74 $66,010
#35 Nebraska $31.44 $65,390
#36 Indiana $31.43 $65,370
#37 North Carolina $31.07 $64,630
#38 Mississippi $31.03 $64,540
#39 Ohio $30.23 $62,870
#40 Kentucky $30.16 $62,740
#41 Florida $30.12 $62,650
#42 Georgia $30.08 $62,560
#43 South Carolina $30.04 $62,490
#44 Iowa $30.03 $62,470
#45 Michigan $29.56 $61,490
#46 Arkansas $29.37 $61,090
#47 Tennessee $29.19 $60,710
#48 South Dakota $28.24 $58,730
#49 West Virginia $27.97 $58,180
#50 Louisiana $26.99 $56,130
#51 Alabama $26.41 $54,940
#52 Puerto Rico $12.33 $25,640

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

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