Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the median annual wage for cardiovascular technologists and technicians in the United States $57,720 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,710, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $94,370.
The median annual wage for diagnostic medical sonographers was $74,320 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $52,770, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $102,060.
Autonomy and Flexibility
Ultrasound technicians have to follow the instructions of other medical professionals, such as physicians, to find what is wrong with patients and what sort of imaging is required. They also have to report all problems to physicians, meaning that the autonomy and flexibility may not be too high.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be an Ultrasound technician in the United States, best on average annual salary and average number of jobs, were:
- New Hampshire, where the average annual salary is $87,866
- Pennsylvania, where the average annual salary is $88,226
- West Virginia, where the average annual salary is $85,969
- Rhode Island, where the average annual salary is $89,520
- Maine, where the average annual salary is $85,565
The worst states, based on salary and job opportunity are Washington, Colorado, Utah, Idaho and Montana.
79% of all cardiovascular technologists and technicians in the United States were employed by hospitals, 12% were employed by office of physicians, 3% by outpatient care centers and 2% by medical and diagnostic laboratories. 61% of diagnostic medical sonographers in the United States were employed by hospitals. 21% were employed by offices of physicians, 11% by medical and diagnostic laboratories and 4% by outpatient care centers.
Ultrasound technicians, from any specialization, will spend lots of their day on their feet and may have to lift or turn ill or disabled patients. They tend to work as part of medical teams and work full time, sometimes having to work evening, weekends or overnight.