Occupational Employment Statistics


29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 705$36.76/hr$29.50/hr$32.82/hr$36.38/hr$40.47/hr$46.58/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Education and Health Services1,190$39.02/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/A$38.64/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$35.29/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40$37.63/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$38.15/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 60$36.47/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$38.32/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$37.20/hr12.9%
Northwest Minnesota 70$36.38/hr10.8%
Southwest Balance of State 70$40.91/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 90$37.91/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 90$40.37/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 110$38.53/hr37.4%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 120$33.61/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 140$39.86/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 730$39.58/hr19.1%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 770$39.47/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,190$39.02/hr20.5%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 1,420$31.60/hr9.6%
Radiation Therapists 390$39.15/hr11.1%
Respiratory Therapists 1,840$33.86/hr11.4%
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 240$43.60/hr11.8%
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists 510$39.24/hr26.2%

  • 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.