Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
53,010 1.5 % $31.20 $64,900 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $21.59 $25.87 $30.95 $36.20 $42.54
Annual Wage (2) $44,900 $53,810 $64,380 $75,290 $88,490


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 31,830 0.62 $31.26 $65,010
Offices of Physicians 12,890 0.56 $31.13 $64,750
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 4,990 2.19 $29.88 $62,160
Outpatient Care Centers 1,200 0.20 $33.87 $70,440
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 690 0.02 $34.89 $72,570

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 4,990 2.19 $29.88 $62,160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 31,830 0.62 $31.26 $65,010
Offices of Physicians 12,890 0.56 $31.13 $64,750
Outpatient Care Centers 1,200 0.20 $33.87 $70,440
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 420 0.20 $32.88 $68,390

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 300 0.01 $35.12 $73,040
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 690 0.02 $34.89 $72,570
Outpatient Care Centers 1,200 0.20 $33.87 $70,440
Management of Companies and Enterprises 80 (7) $33.02 $68,680
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 420 0.20 $32.88 $68,390


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 5,280 0.38 0.90 $37.14 $77,260
Florida 4,880 0.69 1.65 $27.40 $56,990
New York 3,760 0.45 1.08 $31.40 $65,320
Texas 3,420 0.34 0.81 $29.76 $61,910
Ohio 2,410 0.49 1.18 $28.11 $58,470




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)
Florida 4,880 0.69 1.65 $27.40 $56,990
South Dakota 240 0.63 1.50 $24.68 $51,330
New Mexico 450 0.58 1.39 $31.01 $64,490
Alabama 1,030 0.57 1.37 $24.46 $50,870
New Jersey 1,970 0.52 1.25 $32.91 $68,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,190 0.38 0.92 $38.46 $80,000
Oregon 500 0.32 0.77 $38.33 $79,740
Colorado 910 0.42 1.01 $37.44 $77,880
California 5,280 0.38 0.90 $37.14 $77,260
Washington 1,190 0.44 1.06 $37.11 $77,190

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.37 0.90 $31.98 $66,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,690 0.44 1.06 $33.52 $69,730
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.34 0.82 $35.87 $74,610
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 880 0.73 1.76 $32.06 $66,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 880 0.35 0.84 $29.75 $61,880
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 840 0.88 2.11 $26.70 $55,530
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 790 0.44 1.05 $31.82 $66,200
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.47 1.13 $33.69 $70,070
Baltimore-Towson, MD 720 0.58 1.39 $35.97 $74,820
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 710 0.43 1.03 $38.65 $80,380




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)
Rochester, MN 190 1.90 4.55 $34.72 $72,230
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 650 1.30 3.13 $27.63 $57,470
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 290 1.21 2.90 $26.60 $55,340
Rapid City, SD 70 1.17 2.81 $25.62 $53,280
New Haven, CT 310 1.16 2.78 $36.95 $76,850
Sioux Falls, SD 150 1.14 2.74 $24.52 $50,990
Utica-Rome, NY 130 1.07 2.57 $31.79 $66,120
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 250 1.05 2.52 $33.31 $69,280
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 150 1.02 2.45 $24.45 $50,860
Jackson, TN 60 1.00 2.40 $27.86 $57,950




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.25 0.59 $48.19 $100,240
Salinas, CA 40 0.24 0.58 $47.40 $98,590
Worcester, MA-CT 150 0.65 1.55 $44.28 $92,100
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.36 0.85 $43.93 $91,380
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.50 1.20 $42.74 $88,890
Boulder, CO 60 0.38 0.90 $42.52 $88,440
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 80 0.45 1.07 $42.31 $88,000
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 280 0.29 0.70 $40.37 $83,970
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 420 0.34 0.82 $40.11 $83,430
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 310 0.33 0.78 $39.94 $83,070

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)
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.43 1.02 $26.45 $55,010
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.30 0.72 $31.17 $64,830
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.41 0.98 $24.59 $51,140
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.61 1.47 $34.37 $71,480
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 100 0.62 1.49 $25.94 $53,950

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)
Hammond nonmetropolitan area 50 0.91 2.17 $24.55 $51,060
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.77 1.84 $23.65 $49,200
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 80 0.73 1.76 $25.77 $53,610
Sussex County, Delaware nonmetropolitan area 50 0.71 1.70 $23.38 $48,630
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 90 0.71 1.70 $25.64 $53,340

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 0.83 $40.68 $84,620
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.34 $38.13 $79,320
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 60 0.47 1.12 $36.47 $75,860
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 1.00 $35.89 $74,650
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.64 $74,140


About May 2010 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 mean 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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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