Physical therapist salary is not higher or lower than ultrasound salary because both professionals earn almost the same. There are different factors, which affect salary ranges. Consequently, comparison of the salaries received by different professions in order to determine which earns higher is difficult to perform. In this article, a rough comparison between a physical therapist salary and an ultrasound tech salary will be discussed. In this comparison, the location of employment is also of influence.
An ultrasound technician can be qualified to practice in the field of sonography in a matter of two years. On the other hand, physical therapist educational requirements require a bachelor’s degree before being qualified to apply for the physical therapist training. When the completion time of degree program is considered, it is easier to become an ultrasound sonographer rather than a physical therapist. Ultrasound technicians are responsible in creating clear images of the patient’s internal organs, veins and soft tissues in order to aid the physician for medical disease diagnosis. The physical therapist is to help patients to recover from physical injury by improving mobility, relieve pain and or prevent permanent physical disability. Included in their job description is designing individual programs in order to promote overall wellness and fitness.
Physical therapist jobs and ultrasound sonographer jobs can offer high salaries depending on the specific state of employment. The relevant salary range for physical therapist is between $51,582 and $88,118 per year while for ultrasound salary it is ranging from $34,724 to $78,018 per year. In New York, ultrasound technicians are paid with a salary starting from $32,973 to $116,350 while the physical therapist salary is $47,924 to $76,271 per year. In California, physical therapists are paid a yearly salary of $50,173 to $87,251 per year while sonography salary in California is $39,262 to $78,537 per year. In Illinois, ultrasound technicians are paid $40,547 to $93,883 per year while physical therapists are paid $50,178 to $77,802 per year.
In general, there are states that offer higher salaries for specific medical professions and there are those states that offer lower salaries to ultrasound technicians or physical therapist. Comparison between salaries of different medical professions such as pharmacy technician, radiologist technician, registered nurse, medical assistant or occupational therapist is not easy because of the difference in job descriptions and specialties.
In conclusion, an ultrasound technician salary is higher in some states but lower in others while a physical therapist salary also fluctuates depending on the location of employment.