The average salary for a diagnostic medical sonographer is $64,380 a year, or $30.95 per hour.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10% of diagnostic sonographers make $88,490, while the bottom 10% make $44,900.
Estimates for the average diagnostic medical sonographer salary vary a bit, all between $60,000 and $75,000.
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Diagnostic medical sonographers working for universities, colleges and professional schools have the highest mean salary, at $74,540 per year. The highest-paying industries for sonographers, on average, are:
|Industry||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Yearly Salary|
|Colleges, universities and professional schools||$35.84||$74,540|
|Outpatient Care Centers||$34.84||$72,470|
|Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services||$33.72||$70,130|
*Excluding mental health and substance abuse treatment hospitals.
Murphy Street in Sunnyvale, California. Photo by Coolcaesar.
The 5 states with the highest average salary are:
The top paying cities and metropolitan areas are, as follows:
Five of the top ten best-paying metro areas are in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, where cost of living is very high.
The top paying nonmetropolitan areas are:
Most sonographers have some health and dental benefits through their job. Some may also receive vision benefits. About 1/4 of diagnostic medical sonographers receive no benefits at all.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011, 29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, accessed at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292032.htm on 6 October 2012.
Payscale, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Overview, accessed at http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Diagnostic_Medical_Sonographer/Hourly_Rate on 6 October 2012.
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