The Average Salary of a Sonographer in Florida

Because it's a relatively specialized field in the healthcare industry, there are relatively few technicians employed as sonographers -- also known as ultrasound technicians -- in Florida. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 4,730 sonographers practice in the state as of May 2009. In Florida, as in most states, sonographers earn salaries relative to that of trained healthcare specialist technicians.

  1. Average Florida Sonography Salary

    • In Florida, the average annual salary of an ultrasound technician is $56,910 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Half of all sonographers in the state earned between $48,910 and $64,750 each year, although the best-paid 10 percent earn $72,400 or more each year. No state requires diagnostic sonographers to be licensed, although many employers prefer to hire those with a professional certification, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

    Average Florida Hourly Wage

    • Many employers in the healthcare industry pay their technicians on an hourly basis instead of providing them with a salaried position. When diagnostic sonographers receive an hourly wage in Florida, average hourly earnings are $26.94 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries for ultrasound technicians in Florida usually fall between $21.41 and $28.20 an hour as of January 2011, according to PayScale.

    Comparison to National Average Earnings

    • Across the country, the average annual salary for medical diagnostic sonographers is $64,684 as of January 2011, according to Salary.com. Of all the ultrasound technicians practicing in the United States, 50 percent receive salaries between $59,114 and $70,721, placing the Florida average salary of $56,910 below the 25th percentile for salaries nationwide. On average, sonographers in Florida earn 88 percent of the average wage paid nationwide to those in the profession.

    Training

    • Sonographers train in a traditional four-year bachelor's degree program, a two-year associate's program or a one-year program. Two-year programs are the most common to the field, and one-year programs are best reserved for healthcare professionals as a supplement to their training rather than a foundation for a career, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Sonographer training usually covers anatomy, medical terminology, ultrasound physics and ultrasound techniques for various parts and systems of the body.

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