Certifications or licenses are not required for ultrasound technicians. Even though license is optional, the Bureau of Labor Statistics advises ultrasound sonographers to become certified in order to have higher salaries and be preferred by most medical employers. Here then is the overview of what certified and licensed ultrasound professionals can earn in an hourly rate.
Currently, ultrasound technicians (in general licensed or non-registered) can earn an average salary range of $17.48 to $37.07 in an hourly basis. The average annual income is ranging from $34,396 to $78,878 depending on the different factors which can affect the pay.
The Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (the RDCS) who is assigned to work with the different disease of the heart can have a salary which range from $24.57 to $37.46 per hour. The ARRT Registered Technologist in Radiography can have the hourly rate which starts from $19.26 t $36.90. On the other hand, the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (the RDMS) who works with the general sonography can earn an hourly salary of $24.28 to $39.70. The Registered Vascular Technologist or the RVT can have an income, which starts from $23.65 to $36.69 per hour. The Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (the DMS) can earn the average salary range of $21.68 to $38.77 per hour. The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (the ARDMS) who is assigned in the department of OB/GYN (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) can earn an hourly salary of $11.74 to $43.06.
It is evident that there is a higher hourly rate for ultrasound technicians registered with the ARDMS. The income is naturally affected by factors which could bring fluctuations to the salary received by medical sonographrs. Some of the important factors, which could also affect the salaries of the registered ultrasound professionals, are the location of employment and the level of experience. In general, the more experience gained by sonographers in terms of years, the higher are the salaries offered to them. Likewise, there are cities or states in the US, which offer higher compensation for ultrasound sonographers. For example, the salaries offered in New York or Illinois are higher than the national average ultrasound salary.
In conclusion, it is better to be licensed and registered in a state or a location where ultrasound technicians are offered higher salaries in order them to have a better life ahead while working in the field of medical sonography.