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Checking in on Diagnostic Medical Sonography Salaries for 2018

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By Ed Lamb, Contributor

When you look at the diagnostic medical sonographer salary info included with each Med Travelers job listing, how can you know whether the offered pay meets or exceeds the average for the city and employer?

Fortunately, a few trustworthy sources of up-to-date data on the average diagnostic medical sonography salary exist online.

When looking at the dollar amounts, don’t forget to remember that travel sonography jobs also come with reimbursements for mileage or flights, free housing while on assignment and full benefits.

How State, City and Practice Setting Affect the Average Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has the most comprehensive and well-sourced information on what diagnostic medical sonographers get paid. The currently available information reflects surveys and analyses conducted during 2016, but updated numbers should appear on the bureau’s website later in 2018.

Tables and maps created by the BLS let you easily check the average diagnostic medical sonographer salary in states with the highest sonography wages, the cities with the most positions for sonographers and the best-paying states for sonographers overall.

The states offering the highest wages are:

  • - California: 5,640 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $44.88 and an average salary of $93,350.
  • - Washington, DC: 150 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $42.10 and an average salary of $87,570.
  • - Washington State: 1,440 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $41.81 and an average salary of $86,970.
  • - Oregon: 690 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $40.46 and an average salary of $84,160.
  • - Colorado: 880 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $39.34 and an average salary of $81,830.
  • And the metropolitan areas featuring the highest diagnostic medical sonography salary averages are:

  • - San Francisco: 400 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $56.00 and an average salary of $116,480.
  • - Oakland: 550 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $52.48 and an average salary of $109,160.
  • - San Jose: 340 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $51.48 and an average salary of $107,090.
  • - Vallejo: 160 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $50.21 and an average salary of $104,440.
  • - Richland: 70 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $50.04 and an average salary of $104,080.
  • Should you want to travel to a place with many open sonography jobs -- and, likely, plenty of interesting things to do during your nonwork hours -- you can target these top five employment areas:

  • - New York City: 3,160 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $34.68 and an average salary of $72,120.
  • - Houston: 1,660 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $40.94 and an average salary of $85,160.
  • - Chicago: 1,390 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $37.60 and an average salary of $78,210.
  • - Los Angeles: 1,240 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $539.72 and an average salary of $82,620.
  • - Phoenix: 1,150 jobs paying a mean hourly wage of $37.79 and an average salary of $78,600.

Learn About the Average Diagnostic Medical Sonography Salary From Real People

Glassdoor collects diagnostic medical sonographer salary from actual sonographers. When you visit the site, you can search by city and individual employer.

Many people who share their salary info also provide comments on what a new employee can expect from managers and patients at their hospital, health system or clinic.

The Glassdoor diagnostic medical sonographer salary statistics update each time new information comes in. This translates into the numbers being the most current, though a small number of reports can make the average pay at a given employer appear lower or higher than it actually is.

Give the most credence to salary averages calculated from the largest number of reports.

Searching for Personally and Professionally Relevant Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Salary Info

PayScale crunches payroll data from employers to generate ranges and averages for the average diagnostic medical sonography salary based on a host of individual characteristics.

Sorting tools on the PayScale webpage devoted to sonography lets you estimate what you can expect to get paid in a given city, when you have a certain number of years of experience and particular in-demand skills.

For instance, a few clicks will show you the expected salary for a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Miami who has worked in sonography for 10 years. You can do similar sorts for OB/GYN practice, vascular medicine and radiology, among other skills.

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