How much you earn as an ultrasound technician will depend primarily on the experience you have. However, entry into this popular field of medicine will start at around $35,000 per year, although this varies from state to state and can be as high as $50,000. This is a very high salary for someone who just enters the workforce from training but as the training is highly intensive and directly “hands-on,” much of the experience will have been gained during the training time whilst undertaking a degree.
Training is no substitute for experience, which is why so many degree programs are becoming more practical-based for part of the modules. This allows a student to not only understand the field of study, but to also experience what life is actually like doing that particular job. This is a good way of discovering exactly what it will be like working in a given position and it can sometimes also weed out those who are not suited in temperament for the job. As an ultrasound technician’s salary is very high in comparison to many starter salaries, it will attract some people who are unsuited to the caring role. This may not always be immediately apparent until working in the role.
Many ultrasound technicians quickly see a rise in their salaries as they accumulate years of experience and once you have been in the field more than a year, you can expect your salary to rise to at least $39,000. The salary’s increase commensurate with experience until it reaches its maximum, that can be anywhere between $70,000 and $90,000 after around 20 years in the field. Clearly, the salary ranges will vary depending upon the organization you are working for. For example, private medical institutions may offer higher salary and reward incentives than are readily available in general hospital environments.
The amount of salary received is not only considered on the years of experience, an ultrasound technician salary also varies according to area of specialism. Ultrasound technicians working in the field of the laboratory research rather than hospitals or other medical institutions can expect to receive a slightly higher grade of salary. This is however not an area of specialization that suits everyone.
Medical diagnosis is turning more and more to the field of ultrasound due to its non-invasive and accuracy at pinpointing illness. Therefore, it is no surprise that an ultrasound technician’s salary is one of the highest in the medical industry in comparative roles. This is also a growing field that will steadily rise as research increases the use of ultrasound in other areas of diagnosis.