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Who has a greater salary: ultrasound or nursing?

Jo2016 Jo2016 (New) New

After talking to some ultrasound techs and nurses and hearing them talk about their career, they both said that their salary was higher than the other. So who actually has a higher salary ultrasound or nursing (BSN)? Also what is the average and starting salary for both, especially near the Kansas City area.

BeccaznRN, RN

Specializes in NICU, High-Risk L&D, IBCLC. Has 13 years experience.

Straight from BLS's Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Ultrasound Tech: Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

RN: Registered Nurses : Occupational Outlook Handbook: : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to these pages, RNs receive a slightly higher average wage. However, your decision should not be based on pay alone. Look at your interests, lifestyle, education options (especially tuition costs), and career trajectory when making your decision. I'm sorry that I have no information on new grad pay for KC area, but I would think a new grad BSN would make around $24-$25 per hour (just my best educated guess).


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