Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
68,750 1.2 % $35.19 $73,200 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $24.40 $28.42 $34.33 $40.53 $48.00
Annual Wage (2) $50,760 $59,110 $71,410 $84,300 $99,840


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 41,240 0.75 $35.07 $72,950
Offices of Physicians 14,640 0.57 $34.22 $71,170
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 7,440 2.80 $35.72 $74,310
Outpatient Care Centers 2,750 0.31 $40.81 $84,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 640 0.24 $36.48 $75,880

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 7,440 2.80 $35.72 $74,310
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 41,240 0.75 $35.07 $72,950
Offices of Physicians 14,640 0.57 $34.22 $71,170
Outpatient Care Centers 2,750 0.31 $40.81 $84,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 640 0.24 $36.48 $75,880

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 2,750 0.31 $40.81 $84,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 570 0.02 $38.33 $79,730
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 640 0.24 $36.48 $75,880
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $36.16 $75,200
Employment Services 620 0.02 $35.77 $74,400


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,380 0.38 0.79 $44.09 $91,700
Texas 5,270 0.44 0.92 $37.62 $78,250
Florida 5,130 0.61 1.26 $31.12 $64,730
New York 4,790 0.52 1.08 $35.81 $74,480
Illinois 2,740 0.46 0.96 $35.74 $74,340




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 330 0.78 1.62 $28.52 $59,320
West Virginia 520 0.75 1.56 $29.26 $60,870
New Mexico 560 0.70 1.45 $30.27 $62,970
Arizona 1,850 0.68 1.42 $38.80 $80,710
New Jersey 2,640 0.66 1.36 $36.20 $75,290




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,380 0.38 0.79 $44.09 $91,700
Hawaii 150 0.24 0.50 $43.39 $90,250
District of Columbia 180 0.25 0.52 $42.86 $89,140
Washington 1,500 0.47 0.98 $42.04 $87,440
Oregon 890 0.49 1.01 $41.41 $86,140



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,320 0.50 1.03 $36.41 $75,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,710 0.58 1.21 $40.90 $85,080
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,550 0.42 0.88 $37.23 $77,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,450 0.73 1.52 $39.69 $82,550
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.29 0.61 $38.68 $80,460
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.87 1.81 $36.64 $76,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.43 0.89 $37.33 $77,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,000 0.52 1.07 $38.06 $79,160
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 970 0.37 0.77 $31.62 $65,770
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 960 0.38 0.80 $40.45 $84,140


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Barnstable Town, MA 440 4.22 8.75 $38.22 $79,490
Beckley, WV 80 1.76 3.66 $27.96 $58,150
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 140 1.72 3.57 $41.55 $86,430
Sherman-Denison, TX 70 1.52 3.16 $28.31 $58,880
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 170 1.44 2.98 $25.81 $53,680
Hattiesburg, MS 90 1.40 2.91 $29.03 $60,380
Rapid City, SD 90 1.39 2.88 $29.19 $60,710
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 170 1.27 2.63 $47.87 $99,570
Sioux Falls, SD 190 1.23 2.55 $29.10 $60,530
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 130 1.22 2.53 $28.81 $59,930


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.35 0.73 $52.85 $109,930
Salinas, CA 50 0.28 0.57 $51.58 $107,280
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.61 1.27 $49.33 $102,600
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 470 0.43 0.90 $48.85 $101,600
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 170 1.27 2.63 $47.87 $99,570
Stockton-Lodi, CA 90 0.37 0.77 $47.67 $99,150
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.46 0.95 $47.66 $99,130
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 550 0.57 1.18 $47.25 $98,280
Kennewick-Richland, WA 110 0.98 2.04 $47.06 $97,880
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 510 0.36 0.74 $44.56 $92,670

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.81 1.67 $34.96 $72,710
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 150 0.65 1.35 $30.26 $62,940
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 140 0.50 1.03 $26.68 $55,490
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 130 0.38 0.78 $28.38 $59,030
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.50 1.03 $30.46 $63,360

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 0.94 1.95 $31.67 $65,880
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.81 1.67 $34.96 $72,710
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 100 0.79 1.64 $30.21 $62,830
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.77 1.60 $31.45 $65,420
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 110 0.76 1.58 $36.56 $76,050

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.15 $52.09 $108,340
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 0.85 $47.69 $99,190
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.19 $87,750
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.30 0.62 $40.01 $83,230
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 1.37 $39.88 $82,950


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018