Medical Sonographer Salary

The average Medical Sonographers Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and schools.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers salaries vary depending on their location and setting. The assumption was made that the Diagnostic Medical Sonographers reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.

Median Hourly & Annual Data


The median Medical Sonographers salary is $31.35 per hour. The lowest 10% earn less than $22.00 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $43.00 per hour.


On an annual basis, the median Medical Sonographers salary is $65,210. The lowest 10% earn a salary of $44,950 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $90,500 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Lowest and Highest Medical Sonographers Salary

The lowest paid Medical Sonographers earn less with mean or average wages below $22.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas and schools. The highest pay levels are found in major population areas where the mean or average wage is over $50.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The top paying states to earn a Diagnostic Medical Sonographers salary are California $84,220, Oregon $81,010, Washington $79,980, Massachusetts $78,450, and Connecticut $78,430.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Sonographers salary are San Jose CA $107,150, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division $103,430, Oakland CA $102,850, Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA $95,810, and Norwich CA $95,420.

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Other Industries that Employ Medical Sonographers

A number of these professionals work for laboratories, employment agencies and for federal and state government agencies. The best paying industries for medical Sonographers are the medical and diagnostic laboratories.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor, nationally, there are over 54,760 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers who earn a salary through being employed as a Sonographer.

Where They Work

Of all the Diagnostic Medical Sonographers employed in the United States, over 32,900 of them work in hospitals, with an additional 12,920 working in physicians’ offices.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Given the nature of the work these professionals perform and the fact that much of their work has to be interpreted by a physician, diagnostic medical sonographers are primarily employed by another agency rather than in private practice.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors. A typical benefits package is worth over $20,000 per year.

International Salary


The range of starting salaries for newly qualified radiographers starts at band 5 on the National Health Service (NHS): £21,176-£27,625. Range of senior radiographer salaries, band 6: £25,528-£34,189. Range of lead or advanced practice grades, band 7: £30,460-£40,157.

Service managers or consultant radiographers can earn up to £67,134, Band 8c. Working hours are 37.5 hours a week but the service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Shifts, weekends, bank holidays, nights and on-call working are required. Enhanced pay is sometimes offered for out of normal hours work. About 90% of radiographers are employed by the NHS. The ratio of diagnostic to therapeutic radiographers is around ten to one.


Employment prospects for medical sonographers are good in Canada. The government forecasts that an aging population combined with the arrival of new medical technologies and techniques will require more medical sonographers for the near future.

 A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $65,000 – $75,000.

 According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $42.14 per hour and the lowest average wages are earned in Montreal, Quebec at $19 per hour.


Sonographers operate ultrasonic equipment designed to diagnose medical conditions. Sonography uses ultrasonic waves to get images of the body. Receiving specialized training in using sonography equipment is essential to perform this job. Sonograms are also utilized to gain images of the breast, abdominal area and the brain.

  • Starting salary: $60,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $93,000 P/A
  • Average salary: $78,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:14,500 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 17,400)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Sonographer is 39.4 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Sonographer include:NSW: 32.1%VIC: 27.0%QLD: 21.9%

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