Travel ultrasound tech salary

Midge Lee
September 2, 2023
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Travel ultrasound tech salary overview

A career as a travel ultrasound tech, also known as a medical sonographer, comes with a high earning potential and can be a smart investment towards your financial wellbeing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031. This, coupled with ultrasound tech staffing shortages across facilities, provides a positive job outlook for traveling ultrasound techs looking to secure higher pay.

At Nomad, travel ultrasound tech jobs are one of the most popular options amongst our allied health professionals. And due to the evolving landscape of medical sonography, the ways to increase pay as a travel ultrasound tech continue to expand. To keep our clinicians informed, we’ve compiled this guide to help them stay current on travel ultrasound tech salary trends and to also provide them with an overview of the factors that can influence pay. If you’re trying to negotiate a higher salary on your next contract, or are simply looking to learn the benchmarks, Nomad is here to help.

Average travel ultrasound tech salary

The average weekly salary or total compensation for travel ultrasound techs at Nomad Health is $2,600 per week including stipend. Compared to staff ultrasound techs who earn an average median pay of around $1,298, becoming a traveler is an excellent way to increase ultrasound tech salary.

Travel ultrasound tech salary range

Salary ranges for travel ultrasound techs can change frequently based on compensable factors like location, certifications, and specializations, and more. At Nomad Health, the average weekly salary range or compensation range for a travel ultrasound tech is $1,980-$3,480 per week including stipend.

Travel ultrasound pay rate

Travel ultrasound techs at Nomad Health earn an average hourly pay rate of $66 per hour. On the high end, travelers can earn as much as $115 per hour.

What is the highest salary for a travel ultrasound tech?

The highest salary or compensation reported for travel ultrasound techs at Nomad Health is $3,480 per week including stipend. Keep in mind that travel ultrasound tech salaries can always increase or decrease depending on dynamic factors like the ones mentioned above.

Factors that influence travel ultrasound tech salary

Travel ultrasound tech pay is influenced by a number of compensable factors, which include but are not limited to:

Travel ultrasound tech experience

Facilities are always looking for highly skilled ultrasound technologists with experience under their belt who can come in and hit the ground running. The more relevant experience you have as a travel ultrasound tech, the more willing a facility is to pay you a higher salary for your skills.

Travel ultrasound tech education

Higher levels of education like an associate’s degree or post-secondary certificate in sonography are necessary for a competitive travel ultrasound tech salary.


Travel ultrasound technologists who pursue specific specializations like cardiovascular or obstetrics are considered to be more marketable to facilities. Travel ultrasound techs with specialized experience can negotiate a higher pay rate compared to travel ultrasound techs without specialization experience.


As a travel ultrasound tech, earning professional certifications like ones from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) may impact overall pay.

Facility demand

When facilities experience ultrasound technologist shortages, they often rely on travel ultrasound techs to fill those gaps. Depending on the severity of the shortage, travel ultrasound techs may be able to negotiate a higher pay with the facility.


The cost of living in each city and state will directly influence how much pay facilities can offer travel ultrasound techs. For example, a travel ultrasound tech assignment in a rural area is likely to pay less than a travel assignment in a big city where the cost of living is higher.

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Midge Lee
Midge is a registered nurse with eight years of clinical experience in ER, ICU, and home health. After travel nursing for a couple of years, she transitioned from the bedside to writing full-time. She’s passionate about diversity and trauma-informed care and will write hospital haikus if you ask nicely. Currently, she’s an SEO content writer at Nomad Health.
Published: Sep. 6, 2023
Modified: Sep. 2, 2023