Whether you’re currently in school or an experienced sonographer looking for new career opportunities, you have a lot of jobs opportunities around the country. But how do you find the best opportunities to maximize your earning potential? Take a look at the current job outlook and some of the highest paying states for ultrasound technicians.

Job Outlook for Ultrasound Technicians

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a bright future for ultrasound techs due to a rapid increase in demand. The latest projection from the BLS shows 24% job growth through 2024, which is much faster than the average profession. As imaging technology advances, medical facilities across the country will continue to use ultrasound as a replacement for more invasive and costly procedures. As a result, there may be as many as 27,000 new jobs created between now and 2024 for medical imaging professionals.

Highest Paying States for Ultrasound Techs

According to the BLS, the nationwide median salary for ultrasound technicians was $60,630 in 2015. Annual salary can vary from one state to another; however, so it’s important to look at salary figures in your state or an area that works best for you. Ultrasound techs who want to maximize their earning potential may want to look into jobs in the following high paying states.

Here are the ten states with the highest median salary in 2015, according to Ultrasound Technician Center:

  • California – $96,480
  • Oregon – $87,960
  • Washington – $85,630
  • Massachusetts – $83,460
  • Arizona – $83,030
  • Alaska – $82,880
  • Hawaii – $79,890
  • Colorado – $79,850
  • New Hampshire – $76,760
  • Wisconsin – $75,860

Of course, you’ll also have to consider the cost of living in some of these areas if you’re trying to maximize your take-home pay. For example, while California offers the highest wages, real estate is also way above average in most places. Regardless of low costs of living, you may also want to avoid the lowest paying states. Here are the ten states that had the lowest median salary for sonographers in 2015:

  • Alabama – $54,660
  • West Virginia – $56,340
  • Louisiana – $58,420
  • Arkansas -$58,470
  • Tennessee – $59,430
  • South Carolina – $59,630
  • Michigan – $59,710
  • Kentucky – $60,030
  • South Dakota – $60,600
  • Mississippi – $61,050

Salary isn’t the only thing to consider when searching for your next job as a sonogram technician. It’s also important to consider how many job opportunities are available. After all, the median salary of a state doesn’t mean much if you’re unable find a job. Here are the five states with the most ultrasound tech job opportunities, according to Ultrasound Technician Center.

  • California
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania

Travel Ultrasound Tech Jobs

One way to find job opportunities in the highest paying states is to become a traveling ultrasound tech. Staffing agencies like LRS Healthcare help place sonogram technicians in hospitals where they are needed the most. Demand is high all around the country, but we have recently sent ultrasound techs on assignments to places like California, Texas, Washington, Missouri, Illinois, and Montana.

Beyond helping you find places that have high demand, a staffing agency could also be a great way to find a job in a tougher market that you’re interested in exploring. With their connections to hospitals around the country, a staffing agency can open a lot of doors for ultrasound technicians. Plus, they have a lot of experience with tailoring opportunities to specific needs and can help find the best place to maximize your earnings.

Plus, as a traveling ultrasound technician, you can often receive additional benefits like tax-free housing stipends and per diem paychecks. Learn more about travel ultrasound jobs with LRS Healthcare today.