The Cardiac Sonographer Salary in 2017

Of the countries reviewed in this guide, the median cardiac sonographer salary is the highest in Australia with AU$92,000 (US$73,094) per year and lowest in India with Rs243,147 (US$3,782) per year. A cardiac sonographer working in the US earns $71,750 per year, while those in Canada earn C$61,000 (US$48,507) and those in the UK – £31,209 (US$40,687). Cardiac sonographers in New Zealand can take home about NZ$71,000 (US$52,356) on average, while those working in South Africa earn R245,000 (US$18,969) per year.

Cardiac sonographers’ incomes vary worldwide depending on geographic region, professional experience, and work setting.

How Much Does a Cardiac Sonographer Make Per Year?

Cardiac sonographers work primarily in hospitals and clinics, public and private, which affects salary levels as much as education and work experience. This chart outlines the median annual salaries and hourly wages by country.

Cardiac
Sonographer
Salary
US Canada UK Australia New Zealand India South Africa
Hourly
Wage
$29.81 C$29.33
(US$23.29)
£15
(US$19.56)
AU$44.23
(US$35.15)
NZ$34.13
(US$25.17)
Rs116.90
(US$1.82)
R117.79
(US$9.12)
Annual
Wage
$71,750 C$61,000
(US$48,507)
£31,209
(US$40,687)
AU$92,000
(US$73,094)
NZ$71,000
(US$52,356)
Rs243,147
(US$3,782)
R245,000
(US$18,969)

Factors That Influence the Cardiac Sonographer Salary

Salaries for cardiac sonographers vary worldwide depending on education, work experience, and geographic region.

heart during a cardiac sonography

Source: Wikimedia.

1. Geographic Area

Location is by far the most important factor for the salary of a cardiac sonographer.

Cardiac Sonographer Salary in the US

Diagnostic medical sonographers in the US earn $71,750 per year on average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Payscale reports a lower median salary for cardiac sonographers, $62,000 per year. The same source reports the starting salary for this profession at $44,226 per year and the experienced salary at $83,535 per year. An experienced cardiac sonographer can earn up to $4,861 in bonuses and $5,340 from profit sharing.

Nevertheless, the state a professional is employed in also influences the total yearly pay, as seen in the following tables.

Note: The data below is extracted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and refers to diagnostic medical sonographers.

Highest Employment Levels for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the US

The following states register the highest employment levels for diagnostic medical sonographers:

State Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient  Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
California 5,640 0.35 0.75 $44.88 $93,350
Texas 5,190 0.44 0.94 $37.20 $77,370
Florida 5,120 0.62 1.33 $30.12 $62,650
New York 4,730 0.52 1.11 $34.41 $71,570
Pennsylvania 2,530 0.44 0.94 $31.74 $66,010

The following metropolitan areas have the highest employment levels for diagnostic medical sonographers:

Metropolitan area Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient  Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,160 0.48 1.02 $34.68 $72,120
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,660 0.57 1.21 $40.94 $85,160
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.38 0.81 $37.60 $78,210
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.29 0.63 $39.72 $82,620
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,150 0.60 1.27 $37.79 $78,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.43 0.93 $37.29 $77,570
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,050 0.58 1.24 $38.89 $80,900
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 950 0.50 1.06 $37.44 $77,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 910 0.36 0.76 $31.69 $65,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 870 0.36 0.76 $39.39 $81,940

The nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment levels for diagnostic medical sonographers are:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient  Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.65 1.39 $33.55 $69,780
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 0.45 0.97 $27.58 $57,360
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 130 0.55 1.17 $29.78 $61,950
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.49 1.05 $30.58 $63,600
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 0.73 1.55 $36.96 $76,880
Highest Salaries for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in the US

The states with the highest salaries for diagnostic medical sonographers:

State Employment Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient  Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
California 5,640 0.35 0.75 $44.88 $93,350
District of Columbia 150 0.21 0.45 $42.10 $87,570
Washington 1,440 0.47 1.00 $41.81 $86,970
Oregon 690 0.39 0.83 $40.46 $84,160
Colorado 880 0.35 0.74 $39.34 $81,830

Metropolitan areas with the highest salaries for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.37 0.79 $56.00 $116,480
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.51 1.09 $52.48 $109,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 340 0.32 0.69 $51.48 $107,090
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 160 1.26 2.69 $50.21 $104,440
Kennewick-Richland, WA 70 0.67 1.44 $50.04 $104,080
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 30 0.29 0.61 $49.84 $103,660
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 430 0.47 1.01 $48.66 $101,220
Salinas, CA 50 0.29 0.62 $47.20 $98,180
Santa Rosa, CA 70 0.37 0.79 $46.87 $97,480
Stockton-Lodi, CA 70 0.30 0.64 $44.67 $92,920

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest salaries for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment  Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient  Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 0.88 $48.17 $100,200
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.50 1.06 $45.62 $94,880
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area $41.26 $85,810
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 0.59 $41.16 $85,620
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 0.88 $40.88 $85,020

Cardiac Sonographer Salary in Canada

According to Payscale, a cardiac sonographer working in Canada earns C$61,000 (US$48,507) per year. A beginner in this field usually starts off around C$43,198 (US$34,239) per year and will reach the national average in about 5-10 years. An experienced professional, on the other hand, can earn up to C$90,170, or US$71,469 per year.

Neuvoo.ca, on the other hand, reports the average salary of a diagnostic cardiac sonographer at C$65,389 (US$51,873), the starting salary at C$46,000 (US$36,491), and the experienced diagnostic cardiac sonographer salary at C$92,000 (US$72,983) per year.

Cardiac Sonographer Salary in the UK

Payscale reports the mean salary of a cardiac sonographer in the United Kingdom at £31,209 (US$40,640) and the mean sonographer salary at ₤33,000 (US$42,977) per year. Even though no info is available on the starting and experienced salaries of cardiac sonographers working in the UK, we can take the sonographer salaries as a reference. The starting salary for a sonographer is £22,575 (US$29,400). Experienced professionals can earn up to £65,000 (US$84,652) per year including bonuses of up to £5,000 (US$6,511).

Plotr.co.uk estimates salaries for diagnostic medical sonographers in the UK between £25,000 (US$32,558) and £50,000 (US$65,117) or more.

Cardiac Sonographer Salary in Australia

Indeed.com estimates the mean salary of a cardiac sonographer at AU$66.63 (US$52.82) per hour or AU$138,590 (US$109,869) per year.

Payscale, however, reports different numbers for cardiac sonographers working in Australia: AU$92,000 (US$73,094) per year on average. A beginner in this field earns AU$50,684 (US$40,135), while an experienced professional can take home up to AU$122,104 (US$96,694) per year.

Cardiac Sonographer Salary in New Zealand

As reported by careers.govt.nz, cardiac sonographers (named medical radiation technologists in New Zealand) who are early in their careers with one to six years of experience can expect a yearly income of NZ$50,000 (US$36,697) to NZ$69,000 (US$50,642. Senior level sonographers with more than six years’ experience typically bring home between NZ$71,000 (US$52,110)and NZ$98,000 (US$71,927) per year.

Cardiac Sonographer Salary in India

SalaryExpert.com reports a median of Rs243,195 (US$3,775) per year. The entry level salary for cardiac sonographers working in India is Rs176,862 (US$2,745), while senior cardiac sonographers can earn up to Rs287,150 (US$4,457). Bonuses can account for up to Rs3,429 (US$53) as extra income per year.

Cardiac Sonographer Salary in South Africa

Payscale reports the salary of a sonographer working in South Africa at R245,000 (US$18,969)

2. Experience

With experience comes salary increases in every country included in this guide. South Africa has the widest gap between experienced and senior level professionals with a difference of 228%. Experience increases salary levels in Canada by about 123%, followed by the US at 104%. The difference between senior level and entry-level sonographers in Australia and New Zealand is similar at 92% and 94%, respectively.

Education requirements vary worldwide, but all countries require either a two-year or four-year degree. In the US, cardiac sonographers need a two-year associate’s degree followed by successful completion of an exam to be certified in cardiac sonography. Some states are beginning to require licensure, and according to Indeed.com, some hospitals may require a bachelor’s degree. Salary levels in New Zealand are likely supported by the requirement of a four-year bachelor’s degree, registration with the professional organization, and yearly issue of a practicing certificate.

Because of the varying requirements to practice as a cardiac sonographer, it is the responsibility of the individual to fully understand his or her country’s requirements for employment and licensure, if applicable.

3. Industry

Cardiac sonographers work primarily in hospitals and clinics, with some employed in private practice. While most work is completed independently, physicians usually supervise cardiac sonographers.

Salaries are often higher for those working in the private sector, and there may be additional opportunities for bonuses. Hospitals may offer opportunities for overtime pay as a result of night or weekend shifts.

Here are the industries with the highest levels of employment for diagnostic sonographers:

Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 39,130 0.72 $34.38 $71,510
Offices of Physicians 14,130 0.56 $33.39 $69,450
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 7,730 2.93 $35.29 $73,400
Outpatient Care Centers 2,410 0.29 $39.87 $82,940
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 600 0.02 $37.47 $77,940

The industries with the highest salaries for diagnostic sonographers:

Industry Employment Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage 
Outpatient Care Centers 2,410 0.29 $39.87 $82,940
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $38.07 $79,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 600 0.02 $37.47 $77,940
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 560 0.22 $36.59 $76,100
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $36.34 $75,580

If you are interested in other healthcare jobs that require similar training and take place in similar settings, we also recommend reading our guide to the medical technologist salary.

Working Hours

A career in cardiac sonography is viewed as low stress and offers a positive work-life balance and part-time employment opportunities. Cardiac sonographers usually work typical business hours, Monday through Friday. Some facilities might require shift work but often pay in addition to the base salary.

Bonuses and Benefit Packages

Benefits packages of medical, dental and vision insurance are typical for cardiac sonographers no matter their location or experience. Bonuses can add to salaries, most often for those working in privately-owned hospitals and clinics. In the UK, a supplement for high-cost living in England and the surrounding areas may be offered at 5%-20% of salary.

Job Outlook

Worldwide job outlook is positive for cardiac sonographers as there is an aging population in need of cardiac treatment and imaging is part of diagnosis and treatment. Sonography positions in India are expected to grow 40% in the next few years, while cardiac sonographers in New Zealand are in short supply and will require recruiting from overseas to meet demand. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 24% growth from 2014 through 2024.

Conclusion

A career in cardiac sonography can provide a solid income with potential for additional pay from bonuses and overtime hours. Worldwide demand is expected to meet or exceed the supply of those in the workforce in the coming years. Cardiac sonographers enjoy high job satisfaction and a positive work-life balance.

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