Career Summary for Sonography

Ultrasound technicians use sound waves to develop a picture of what is taking place inside a patient's body. For example, ultrasounds can be used to examine the brain, the heart, the organs of the digestive system, male and female reproductive systems and more. The use of ultrasound allows doctors to get valuable diagnostic information in a manner that is minimally intrusive to the patient.

Job prospects over the next decade for ultrasound sonographers should be excellent, with faster than average job growth anticipated for people with these skills. Most ultrasound tech jobs are found within hospitals, but an increasing number of such jobs will start to emerge within the offices of physicians and medical laboratories.

There is no licensing required to obtain a job in this field. However, formal education is generally required by employers. Training ranges from 1 year programs designed to get you into working positions as rapidly as possible, to 2 and even 4 year programs that include more comprehensive training. For more information on ultrasound training, please see our list of schools offering ultrasound programs on the left.

Ultrasound Schools

Metro Area Employment Data for Ultrasound

Employment info for Ultrasound, by major US metro area. The Popularity Index shows how common jobs for Ultrasound are in the area. An Index of 1.0 means the area has an average number of people in the job compared to its population. A higher index indicates proportionally more jobs.

StateMetro AreaJobsMean SalaryPopularity Index
AlabamaBirmingham320$49,4301.89
AlabamaDecatur30$48,0301.94
AlabamaDothan50$52,2902.59
AlabamaFlorence50$48,9703.35
AlabamaHuntsville90$50,0001.43
AlabamaMobile80$49,8001.42
AlabamaMontgomery70$49,9201.32
ArizonaPhoenix420$67,8900.67
ArizonaTucson150$66,7101.23
ArkansasLittle Rock170$42,4901.58
CaliforniaBakersfield80$55,4500.96
CaliforniaFresno160$63,9801.5
CaliforniaLos Angeles1,300$61,2600.94
CaliforniaModesto130$58,4302.51
CaliforniaOakland230$80,3200.68
CaliforniaOxnard50$60,4900.51
CaliforniaRiverside370$67,2700.85
CaliforniaSacramento220$73,4100.74
CaliforniaSalinas30$74,2600.63
CaliforniaSan Diego400$72,5300.91
CaliforniaSan Francisco300$76,2100.93
CaliforniaSan Jose290$82,8700.97
CaliforniaSanta Ana320$68,6800.62
CaliforniaSanta Cruz30$92,0401.15
CaliforniaSanta Rosa60$73,2500.98
CaliforniaStockton50$76,1500.75
CaliforniaVallejo70$72,2101.84
CaliforniaVisalia40$69,6900.94
ColoradoBoulder80$68,1201.62
ColoradoColorado Springs90$68,9501.1
ColoradoDenver270$71,4800.66
ColoradoFort Collins50$63,2101.31
ConnecticutBridgeport260$73,8101.82
ConnecticutDanbury50$71,1402.41
ConnecticutHartford200$78,7501.07
ConnecticutNew Haven220$68,1702.47
ConnecticutNorwich70$64,4701.85
ConnecticutWaterbury40$73,8101.92
DelawareWilmington250$55,3602.35
District of ColumbiaWashington510$66,7700.66
FloridaCape Coral190$57,3002.76
FloridaFort Lauderdale360$57,5801.46
FloridaGainesville70$50,8202.05
FloridaJacksonville300$55,1301.49
FloridaLakeland110$51,5501.74
FloridaMiami560$55,9701.69
FloridaOrlando590$53,7501.68
FloridaPalm Bay110$57,4001.74
FloridaPensacola130$46,7602.65
FloridaPort St Lucie70$60,0601.71
FloridaSarasota150$51,0701.65
FloridaSebastian50$57,2403.64
FloridaTallahassee50$56,1100.97
FloridaTampa560$57,2201.35
FloridaWest Palm Beach310$58,8701.67
GeorgiaAtlanta770$60,0200.96
GeorgiaAugusta70$55,8101.08
GeorgiaMacon30$65,9300.99
GeorgiaSavannah60$48,2401.26
GeorgiaValdosta30$51,6802.11
HawaiiHonolulu80$71,4200.58
IdahoBoise60$59,0600.7
IllinoisChicago860$62,5800.67
IllinoisPeoria140$66,2602.7
IllinoisRockford110$60,0702.35
IllinoisSpringfield60$64,4201.93
IndianaElkhart30$55,7700.74
IndianaEvansville90$49,6201.64
IndianaFort Wayne90$51,5501.31
IndianaGary100$67,3601.11
IndianaIndianapolis370$59,3501.27
IndianaSouth Bend40$56,6200.93
IowaCedar Rapids60$56,2901.44
IowaDavenport40$51,4900.7
IowaDes Moines110$52,6601.06
KansasTopeka40$54,3801.21
KansasWichita100$60,5601.03
KentuckyLexington90$51,8701.15
KentuckyLouisville180$55,4200.9
LouisianaAlexandria40$49,3802.36
LouisianaBaton Rouge130$56,2001.12
LouisianaLafayette60$48,2401.41
LouisianaLake Charles50$53,5301.9
LouisianaMonroe50$58,1402.19
LouisianaNew Orleans200$57,7001.23
LouisianaShreveport100$54,7101.89
MainePortland40$62,6900.64
MarylandBaltimore570$62,4601.34
MarylandBethesda250$73,1801.36
MarylandHagerstown40$60,1001.31
MassachusettsBoston560$68,7400.99
MassachusettsLowell30$68,0200.82
MassachusettsSpringfield120$66,4401.23
MichiganAnn Arbor180$55,1603.34
MichiganDetroit300$58,7601.23
MichiganFlint80$50,4301.79
MichiganGrand Rapids100$58,9900.8
MichiganKalamazoo50$57,7201.14
MichiganLansing80$49,8501.26
MichiganMuskegon40$62,0602.21
MichiganSaginaw50$52,4202.05
MichiganWarren460$56,8601.19
MinnesotaDuluth40$62,1701.02
MinnesotaMinneapolis660$65,4901.1
MinnesotaSt Cloud40$65,8801.33
MississippiHattiesburg50$48,6202.96
MississippiJackson140$47,7701.74
MissouriJoplin40$58,3401.72
MissouriKansas City310$63,5100.92
MissouriSpringfield100$55,6101.63
MissouriSt Louis460$62,6501.03
NebraskaLincoln80$56,3301.62
NebraskaOmaha200$54,0801.34
NevadaLas Vegas120$63,6900.39
NevadaReno40$68,9000.58
New HampshireManchester30$65,5500.99
New HampshireNashua80$73,4001.87
New JerseyAtlantic City60$69,5301.39
New JerseyCamden240$66,8701.37
New JerseyEdison330$63,5800.98
New JerseyNewark580$65,5601.74
New JerseyTrenton70$70,3701.01
New JerseyVineland40$60,7402.37
New MexicoAlbuquerque120$61,1900.96
New YorkAlbany200$60,7301.41
New YorkBuffalo190$55,1301.09
New YorkNassau680$61,4301.65
New YorkNew York1,830$66,0201.09
New YorkPoughkeepsie120$68,0301.56
New YorkRochester240$58,2001.47
New YorkSyracuse140$60,5001.43
New YorkUtica80$58,4502.04
North CarolinaAsheville130$55,8002.32
North CarolinaCharlotte310$63,0901.08
North CarolinaDurham90$56,9401.06
North CarolinaFayetteville40$62,9601.09
North CarolinaGreensboro170$61,3901.41
North CarolinaGreenville40$57,8901.94
North CarolinaHickory30$54,5900.57
North CarolinaRaleigh180$56,6901.09
North CarolinaWilmington60$55,3201.35
North CarolinaWinston Salem130$58,6101.89
OhioAkron130$53,6001.19
OhioCanton90$49,7001.68
OhioCincinnati480$57,6501.41
OhioCleveland380$53,9901.08
OhioColumbus210$67,0200.69
OhioDayton190$55,5501.48
OhioToledo110$53,9801.05
OhioYoungstown100$51,7201.31
OklahomaOklahoma City200$59,4701.08
OklahomaTulsa120$58,1700.87
OregonEugene30$70,9100.64
OregonPortland230$72,4300.67
OregonSalem40$75,8700.86
PennsylvaniaAllentown180$57,6101.67
PennsylvaniaErie30$56,8400.75
PennsylvaniaLancaster50$58,1900.67
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia660$58,0401.07
PennsylvaniaPittsburgh590$48,5801.56
PennsylvaniaReading30$60,2800.58
PennsylvaniaScranton80$63,7600.96
PennsylvaniaWilliamsport30$47,2402.08
PennsylvaniaYork40$53,8500.71
Rhode IslandProvidence260$67,9301.36
South CarolinaCharleston200$49,4102.14
South CarolinaFlorence60$50,2902.29
South CarolinaGreenville80$60,3500.81
South CarolinaSpartanburg30$59,1800.79
South DakotaRapid City30$58,7901.68
South DakotaSioux Falls70$47,4001.67
TennesseeChattanooga170$53,8302.4
TennesseeJackson30$51,5001.92
TennesseeJohnson City40$54,9701.76
TennesseeKnoxville190$49,3001.78
TennesseeMemphis240$52,6401.16
TennesseeNashville220$58,8000.88
TexasAustin130$59,8300.53
TexasBeaumont50$55,5401.02
TexasCorpus Christi40$61,6700.74
TexasDallas590$62,4800.86
TexasEl Paso60$53,9700.73
TexasFort Worth220$62,7300.8
TexasHouston660$58,8100.79
TexasLubbock50$61,3901.41
TexasMcallen50$64,4400.75
TexasSan Antonio240$60,8100.9
UtahProvo60$62,5201.13
UtahSalt Lake City110$54,7900.55
UtahSt George40$49,9102.86
VermontBurlington40$57,1301.19
VirginiaLynchburg40$62,4301.29
VirginiaRichmond160$61,2900.8
VirginiaRoanoke70$58,3801.41
VirginiaVirginia Beach260$56,2601.05
WashingtonKennewick30$65,4301.15
WashingtonOlympia40$68,3601.4
WashingtonSeattle520$75,0401.1
WashingtonSpokane100$67,6101.51
WashingtonTacoma150$67,0701.73
West VirginiaCharleston70$44,0101.54
West VirginiaHuntington40$54,6701.15
WisconsinAppleton30$65,7100.85
WisconsinGreen Bay40$63,7900.77
WisconsinLa Crosse40$64,1801.91
WisconsinMadison90$66,0700.85
WisconsinMilwaukee350$73,6501.24
WisconsinOshkosh30$67,4801.21