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Sonographers Job Outlook in Australia

October 15, 2019 0 Comments

Sonographer Jobs are one of the toughest to fill medical jobs in Australia with a significant discrepancy between the number of jobs in demand and supply of qualified staff.

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Sonographers Salary in Australia

Shortage of Sonographers


Sonographers Job Outlook in Australia

The skill of the sonographer who performs the examination and interprets the findings will highly influence the quality of the examination.

They will read the results with the anatomical images, physical data and real time physiological information. This is also taken into consideration for the final diagnostic report for the medical specialist.

A talented and skilled sonographer should perfect their technical skills, interpretive abilities and decision making. 

Female doctor performing ultrasound on pregnant woman in hospital

There are many areas in medical imaging a sonographer looks at including musculoskeletal, paediatric, breast, abdominal, vascular, cardiac, superficial organs, obstetrics and gynaecology.

Sonographers complete the equivalent of a Bachelor of Applied Science, then apply for an accredited post-graduate course.

After completing the post-graduate course and the required minimum clinical experience, sonographers may be eligible for accreditation with the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR).

Furthermore, a qualified general sonographer can also be known as an Accredited Medical Sonographer (AMS). If they have completed additional specialist studies, they will receive an appropriate accreditation, for example such as Accredited Cardiac Sonographer (ACS).


Sonographers Salary in Australia

According to Payscale, the average annual salary for a Sonographer in Australia in 2019 can fluctuate around $50.32.

The actual salary may vary depending on their years of experience.


Source: Payscale. Sonographers Salary based on Experience Level

Based on a Payscale survey to 347 sonographers in the database, an entry-level Sonographer with less than 1 year experience can earn around AU$39.83 an hour.

A Sonographer with 1 to 4 years of experience could earn around AU$44.41 an hour.

A Sonographer with 5 to 9 years of experience can earn an average of AU$56.38. With 10-19 years of experience, they can earn around AU$60.72.

Sonographers seemingly earn the most during the later years of their career, with an average hourly rate of AU$61.

However, based on the location of the job, sonographers can expect to earn more, which can range from $60 to $80 per hour as our consultant Judith Butcher regularly works on. 


Shortage of Sonographers

As recently reported, despite the sonographer’s remuneration being more than double Australia’s median annual salary of $55,400, it is difficult to fill all of the in-demand jobs across Australia.

According to the Department of Employment and Skills in Queensland, only 27 percent of Sonographer vacancies are being filled, even worse in NSW with only 43 percent of the positions filled.

It was also revealed only 1.4 applicants, on average, are applying for every advertised job in a hospital.

The government is stressing that more action needs to be taken. Employers and alike are having a lot of difficulty with filling sonographer vacancies across the public and private sectors.

Doctor doing ultrasound test on pregnant woman in hospital

Based on the Sonography Workforce Report in Victoria, there are various barriers to recruiting sonographers including:

  • remoteness of location (regional/rural areas)
  • lack of autonomy and professional recognition
  • complexity of clients in the public system
  • lack of career pathways
  • disparity between public and private sector pay rates
  • challenges finding talented sonographers

Of all the factors mentioned, the differences in pay rates between the public and private sectors is considered one of the most significant challenges for recruitment. 

And as mentioned in our previous blog, a heavier workload due to staff shortages and more complex patient cases also affected the sonographer supply in the public sector.


What are your thoughts on the jobs outlook for Sonographers in Australia ? We would love to hear from you.

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