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According to the BLS, diagnostic medical sonographers earned a median salary of $65,860 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent earned more than $91,070, while the lowest-paid earned less than $44,990. Areas of the industry that pay well include outpatient care centers and colleges, universities and professional schools. Big cities also tend to compensate well – specifically, metropolitan areas clustered in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Job Salary Year
2004 $53,640.00
2006 $57,920.00
2008 $62,490.00
2010 $64,770.00
2012 $66,360.00

Average Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

Due to the technical nature of the job, diagnostic medical sonographers earn more than many other health care jobs, taking in an average salary of $66,360 in 2012. They earn a similar salary to registered nurses ($67,930), but take home more than radiologic technologists ($56,450), physical therapy assistants ($52,320) and medical equipment repairers ($46,910). Diagnostic medical sonographers earn less than nurse practitioners ($91,450) and physical therapists ($81,110).

Job Name Salary
Dental Hygienist $70,210.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer $65,860.00
Registered Nurse $65,470.00
Radiologic Technologist $54,340.00
Clinical Laboratory Technician $37,240.00
Medical Assistant $29,370.00

Best Paying Cities for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

The highest paid in the diagnostic medical sonographer profession work in the metropolitan areas of San Jose, Calif., San Francisco, and Oakland, Calif. The Santa Rosa, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Norwich, Conn.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $107,150 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a diagnostic medical sonographer working in San Jose, Calif. is $107,150, which is $41,290 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Francisco

Average Salary: $103,430 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a diagnostic medical sonographer working in San Francisco is $103,430, which is $37,570 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, Calif.

Average Salary: $102,850 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a diagnostic medical sonographer working in Oakland, Calif. is $102,850, which is $36,990 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Rosa, Calif.

Average Salary: $95,810 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a diagnostic medical sonographer working in Santa Rosa, Calif. is $95,810, which is $29,950 more than the average pay in the profession.

Norwich, Conn.

Average Salary: $95,420 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a diagnostic medical sonographer working in Norwich, Conn. is $95,420, which is $29,560 more than the average pay in the profession.

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