Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 9016$38.22/hr$31.83/hr$34.01/hr$37.38/hr$41.45/hr$48.23/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services1,310$38.91/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$37.79/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$37.59/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$38.40/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$34.96/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$37.83/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$38.45/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 60$37.53/hr12.9%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 60$40.46/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 80$37.48/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 90$37.38/hr10.8%
Southwest Minnesota 110$37.33/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 120$34.31/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 130$39.46/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 200$37.90/hr37.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 760$39.56/hr19.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 800$39.38/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,310$38.91/hr20.5%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,310$32.39/hr9.6%
Radiation Therapists 330$38.95/hr11.1%
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 1,140$26.30/hr14.9%
Respiratory Therapists 1,950$33.37/hr11.4%
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 240$42.71/hr11.8%
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists 670$38.04/hr26.2%
Respiratory Therapy Technicians 30$18.59/hr-4.5%

  • Select appropriate equipment settings and adjust patient positions to obtain the best sites and angles.
  • Observe screen during scan to ensure that image produced is satisfactory for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments to equipment as required.
  • Observe and care for patients throughout examinations to ensure their safety and comfort.
  • Decide which images to include, looking for differences between healthy and pathological areas.
  • Operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of the motion, shape, and composition of blood, organs, tissues, or bodily masses, such as fluid accumulations.
  • Record and store suitable images, using camera unit connected to the ultrasound equipment.
  • Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
  • Prepare patient for exam by explaining procedure, transferring patient to ultrasound table, scrubbing skin and applying gel, and positioning patient properly.
  • Obtain and record accurate patient history, including prior test results or information from physical examinations.
  • Determine whether scope of exam should be extended, based on findings.