Registered Ultrasound Technologist Salary Guide

There’s a growing demand for sonographers, also known as ultrasound techs, in the United States. This job may be right for you if you’re looking for a career that blends medicine, technology, and public service. Learn facts about becoming a sonographer/ultrasound tech, average sonographer salary, ways to boost your income, and more in this guide.

Average Registered Ultrasound Technologist Salary


The average salary for a Registered Ultrasound Technologist is $45.00 per hour. This is 13% higher than the practicing US average of $38.94.

Last updated on March 1, 2024. Based on active jobs on

Salaries for Registered Ultrasound Technologist compared to Allied Health Professional National Averages


13% higher than the practicing US average.


United States

Where do Registered Ultrasound Technologists get paid the most?
StateAverage Hourly SalaryMax Hourly Salary
New York$60$78
What are the highest paying Employers and Agencies for Registered Ultrasound Technologist jobs?

Last updated on March 1, 2024. Information based on active jobs on and pay data from BLS and around the web.

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How Can You Increase Your Pay as a Sonographer?

Several factors come into play when it comes to boosting your salary as a sonographer.

Job Location: Location isn’t just the state where you’re working. Your demographic area
matters, as well. For example, California is one of the states that pays sonographers the most. However, pay can vary from one part of the state to another. Sonographers in San Francisco earn more than ultrasound techs in Santa Barbara. Typically, the closer you are to an urban or
metropolitan area, the higher your pay.

Experience and Education: Another way to boost your income potential is to gain experience and continue your education. You can also earn one of several professional certifications through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or your Sonography RT credential through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and join professional associations like the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS).

Specialization: The type of sonography you practice can affect your pay. Neurosonology Sonography is the highest-paying sonography specialty. The average annual wage for a
neuro sonographer is $112,000 or $54 an hour.

Work Setting:
Where you practice can impact both your pay and career advancement. The BLS reports that outpatient care centers are the highest-paying industries for sonographers. The average annual salary for this setting is $109,670 or $53 an hour.

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Registered Ultrasound Technologist FAQs

What professional certifications can potentially increase my salary as a Ultrasound Technologist?

Earning your Breast Sonography RT (BS-ARRT) often increases your salary potential as a ultrasound technologist or makes you eligible for another position with greater responsibilities, which also might include a bump in wages.

Can having a Breast Sonography RT (BS-ARRT) boost my salary as a Ultrasound Technologist?

Yes, having a Breast Sonography RT (BS-ARRT) or any relevant professional certification has the potential to boost your salary as a ultrasound technologist.

Where can I learn more about working as a Ultrasound Tech?

Take a look at Vivian's Ultrasound Tech Career Guide for more information, including required education, responsibilities, pros and cons and more.