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Can an Ultrasound Tech or Sonographer make good money with just an Associate's Degree?

Asked by chelle21689 (7646points) April 16th, 2010

I’m thinking of studying to become an Ultrasound Technician or a Sonographer. I hear it’s a hard program to get into but I am interested.
Please let me know if you have any experience in this field or have a lot of knowledge. Let me know education, the job experience, getting in, etc.

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marinelife's avatar


“The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2008 the average salary for a Sonographer was $62,660. The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers found, in their salary and benefit survey, that Sonographers made a median yearly salary of $66,450 in 2008.” Source

wonderingwhy's avatar

I had a friend who made pretty good money doing ultrasound with the minimum requirements (I don’t know what those req’s were, but I’m sure it’s not hard to find). The catch was he got canned in the first round of cuts because he only had the minimum requirements and was told he didn’t have enough experience to be retained. The administrator flat out told him if he’d had either more experience or a (different/better???) degree he’d have made it.

But then, from what I’ve seen, that’s true for most jobs.

Cupcake's avatar

Those with a bachelor’s degree report making a median of up to $37.77 an hour, and candidates holding an associate degree are topping out at about $31.64 an hour. Sonographers holding only a certification make slightly less at a median hourly rate of up to $31.10. Source

chelle21689's avatar

I was thinking an Associate’s. I can always get a Bachelor’s if that’s enough. Hmm….I wish there was someone I could talk to that is an actual sonographer

Cupcake's avatar

A good friend and graduate school classmate of mine is an OB sonographer. What exactly do you want to know?

chelle21689's avatar

I want to know if it’s best to be a sonographer or ultrasound technician…if the difference in salary is big.

I want to know if I can get a job with an Associate’s or will it be more difficult since I wouldn’t have a bachelor’s

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marinelife's avatar

@Smith84 Does one have to be defiant to make money?

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