Stable employment and high ultrasound technician salary are two of the most convincing factors that drive many people to pursue a career as a medical sonographer. Since the demand for professionals in the field of ultrasound sonography is rampant, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the employment growth for ultrasound sonographers is 18% from 2008 to 2016. Michigan is listed to have about 1,700 ultrasound technicians employed. In the year 2018, the number of employed sonographers will increase in a much faster pace. Expectations of employment will come from the average of 50 job opening annually, 25 job openings due to growth or increase in demand and 30 job openings for the replacement of those who retire and die.
Most of the diagnostic medical sonographers in Michigan in private hospitals where they have higher salaries than those in clinics, medical offices and health care facilities.
More than seventy-five percent of the diagnostic medical sonographers in Michigan have an average salary of $56,180 per year or higher. When converted to an hourly rate, the average wage is $27.01. Michigan’s annual salary is lower by 12% than the national annual ultrasound salary that is $63,640 per year.
When it comes to ultrasound income range, the middle 50 percent of sonographers in Michigan earn about $48,650 to $64,080 per year. This data is stated in the report of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2009. The annual salaries of the bottom 10 percent is $42,470 and below while the top ten percent is $71,070 per year and higher.
Flint, Michigan was listed to be the place having the highest income with an average sonographer salary of $59,230 per year (as of 2009, US BLS). Grand Rapids and Wyoming are similar in the average salary, which is $59,010 per year while in Detroit it is reported to be $58 790 per year. The region with the lowest pay is the northeast Lower Peninsula non-metropolitan area having an average salary ranging from $54,400 to $57,800 in the metro areas of Holland-Grand Haven, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo-Portage, Saginaw, Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills together with the northwest Lower Peninsula nonmetropolitan area and the Upper Peninsula.
Sonographer job outlook in Michigan is good but there is a tighter competition when sonographers are look for employment. Since medical employers are the ones who will hire and employ the sonographers, they have certain requirements and prerequisites that the sonographers must comply with and follow. The most important requirement is the completion of the required sonography training (associate or bachelor’s degree programs). License acquired from ARDMS is required before any sonographer is hired. Other requirements include those ultrasound technicians to be prepared to work in stressful conditions in order to effectively communicate with patients of different age and health condition. Ultrasound technician salary varies depending on the medical employer seeking for professional sonographers to be part of their medical team.