Ultrasound technicians make roughly around $68,900 a year, depending on their years of service. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the highest ten percent earn more than $80,000, even earning up to nearly $90,000 a year. Therefore, this presents the question to students as to what can they do to elevate their salary up to this level.
First of all, as with any career, higher salaries come with experience. Most careers offer a raise for every few years that you remain with the company, thereby nearly doubling your starting salary after twenty years of commitment.
However, if you do not want to wait that long, and simply want to earn more than the lowest ten percent ($43,800), you need to take drastic steps with your education and career choices to ensure you have all the requirements of a top-notch ultrasound technician. A degree or certificate for an ultrasound technician (or sonographer) can take from one to four years to complete, depending on what type of expertise you wish to attain from your schooling.
Choosing the school you want to attend (and what type of school)is half the battle in preparing for a high-paying salary. Ultrasound technician degrees are now offered online, although you must be prepared to investigate the school to determine whether it is accredited. Reputable programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the organization which accredits diagnostic medical sonography programs within the country. Their website is: www.caahep.org and presents a comprehensive list of accredited programs. The school you attend for a sonography degree or certificate is important to securing your future success within the field, as better-rated schools typically yield better career options.
Additionally, making high grades while you are in school is another thing potential employers look at when hiring the “best of the best”.
After completing your education, you are not done with the process yet, as you still have to take the national credentialing/certification exams. These are typical in nearly every type of “certified” field: medicine, law, science. These fields all require their graduates to take (and pass) a comprehensive exam relating to all the course material they learned and studied throughout the years.
Securing a passing grade on this exam is an important step to achieving a higher salary as well. Therefore, it becomes obvious that you as a student are responsible for your career options upon graduation. Simply making your way through the courses is not enough; you need to push yourself to succeed and make those high grades in order to succeed within the ultrasound technician world. Without high grades, your salary will remain mediocre at best.
However, once a potential employer views outstanding grades on your transcript, they will understand that you are a hard-worker and capable of earning such a salary.