Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a very important medical imaging technique used to visualize a real time tomographic image. As of date, it has been used not only in facilitating an expecting mother’s pregnancy, but also for diagnosis of various diseases. This technology makes use of a special ultrasound device which is operated by a highly trained ultrasound technician.
An ultrasound technician, also known as a sonographer, does not only facilitate the operations using the sonography machines to administer an ultrasound procedure, but he is also in charge in keeping patients’ records. Although no higher education is needed to become an ultrasound technician, their pay is pretty decent. Like any other careers in the field of medicine, the salary of an ultrasound technician depends on several factors like the type of employer, working experience and of course, the geographical location.
The average salary for an ultrasound technician can vary by region and by city. Although Florida is not included among the states with the highest paying salary for ultrasound technicians, the state houses cities with high salary rates. Port St. Lucie for example only has an annual rate of $59,000. However, those who work in Orlando receive $61,000. Ultrasound technicians in Tallahassee earns up to $62,000 annually while St. Petersburg and Tampa-based technicians can get $63,000. Jacksonville can pay up to $64,000 while some of the higher-paying locations are Cape Coral, Fort Lauderdale and Hialeah with $66,000. Technicians in Miami on the other hand, can earn up to $67,000 per year.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (US BLS), the declared national average for an ultrasound technician’s salary is $63,640 per year. However since location plays an important part in the pay rate, the average annual ultrasound technician salary in Florida is higher than the national average by about $5,000 more. BLS also predicts that there will be an increase of 25 percent in the employment rate of ultrasound technicians in the particular state. This is rate is even expected to continuously grow until the next ten years as an ultrasound technician job does not only pay well, but is also stable.