Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

SDMS Announcements

  • Updated SDMS Salary & Benefits Resources Now Available

    by Kelly Stafford | Nov 30, 2018

    For Immediate Release

    Plano, Texas – The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS) is pleased to announce that the updated SDMS Sonographer and Sonography Educator Salary & Benefits Reports and SDMS Compensation Calculator are now available.

    Updated with 2018 data, the reports provide in-depth salary and benefits data for the profession including compensation for sonographers by credential, bonuses and salary increases, benefits provided, hours worked per week, and the average number of scans performed in a typical workday.

    The SDMS Compensation Calculator allows SDMS members to generate a customized compensation report based on various variables including position, education level, years of experience, credentials, and other demographic information.

    Highlights of the SDMS Sonographer Salary & Benefits Report include:

    • The median base hourly wage for sonographers as of July 1, 2018 was $35.16. This is an increase of 3.4% from 2015, when the median base hourly wage was $34.00.
    • The average sonographer has been practicing in the field of sonography for 14.5 years.
    • Most sonographers (94%) were employees of facilities/institutions/clinics/private offices.
    • Two-thirds of sonographers (65%) held an RDMS certification, most commonly in abdom​inal (51%) and/or OB/GYN (50%). About a fourth of sonographers (26%) held an RDCS credential, while two-fifths (39%) held an RVT credential.

     Highlights of the SDMS Sonography Educator Salary & Benefits Report include:

    • The median annual base salary for sonography educators as of July 1, 2018 was $78,000. This is an increase of 4.0% from 2015, when the median annual base salary was $75,000.
    • The typical sonography educator has worked in the field of sonography for 21 years, and has been a sonography educator for 10 years.
    • Nearly two-thirds (63%) of sonography educators indicated their institution setting was a college or university. Equal proportions were in hospital-based/sponsored program settings or specialty/technical institutes (14% each). Very few were in an ultrasound equipment, services, or supply company setting (1%).

    Three in four (77%) sonography educators hold an RDMS certification, most commonly in abdominal (72%) and/or OB/GYN (67%). Significant proportions hold RVT and/or RDCS credentials (51% and 30%, respectively).

    The SDMS Sonographer and Sonography Educator Salary & Benefits Reports are available free of charge to SDMS members as part of their member benefits. Non-members may purchase access to the reports in the SDMS online store. Access to the SDMS Compensation Calculator is an exclusive SDMS member benefit and is not available for purchase.

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    Contact
    Donald Kerns, JD, CAE
    Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director
    (800) 229-9506 or (214) 473-8057 ext. 184
    dkerns@sdms.org 

    About the SDMS
    The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a professional membership organization founded in 1970 to promote, advance, and educate its members and the medical community in the science of diagnostic medical sonography. With over 27,000 members, the SDMS is the largest association of sonographers and sonography students in the world.

    About Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    Diagnostic medical sonographers use special imaging equipment that directs sound waves into a patient’s body to assess and diagnose various medical conditions. For more information, visit the SDMS Career Center and the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.