Texas Ultrasound Technician Schools and Training Programs (Sonography Schools)

Career Information for Sonographers in Texas

Sonographers, also referred to as diagnostic medical sonographers, use special equipment that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. Most people associate the work with obstetric and gynecological sonographers, who create images of the reproductive system and track a baby's growth while it is still in the mother's womb. However, medical sonographers create images for a wide variety of diagnostic reasons, viewing organs, breasts, muscles and connective tissue. Their duties typical entail:

  • Taking patients' medical history and preparing them for the procedure
  • Obtaining and reviewing diagnostic images
  • Recognizing abnormal images and preparing summaries for doctors
  • Maintaining patient records and imaging equipment

Fast Facts for Sonographers in Texas

The 4,350 diagnostic medical sonographers in Texas earn an average annual salary of $65,720. That's slightly below the national average salary of $67,530.

The highest concentration of sonographers in Texas is in San Antonia, where there are 0.81 sonographers in every 1,000 jobs in that metropolitan area. The lowest concentration of sonographers in Texas is in Beaumont, where there are 0.28 sonographers for every 1,000 workers. The concentration is also low in El Paso and Houston, where there are 0.33 sonographers for every 1,000 workers.

Here's a breakdown of the number of sonographers in Texas metropolitan areas, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data from May 2014:

  • Abilene: 90
  • Amarillo: 70
  • Austin: 400
  • Brownsville: 70
  • Corpus Christi: 110
  • Dallas-Forth Worth: 1,380
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: 1,000
  • El Paso: 100
  • Forth Worth-Arlington: 390
  • Houston: 960
  • Killeen: 100
  • Lubbock: 70
  • McAllen: 100
  • San Antonio: 750

Sonographer Salary in Texas

While the average salary for sonographers in Texas is 2 percent lower than the national average, there are many metropolitan areas on the state where the average salaries for sonographers outpace the national average. In the Dallas-Plano-Irving metropolitan area, the average salary of $68,590 is 2 percent higher than the national average. In Dallas-Forth Worth, the average salary is slightly lower but still 1 percent higher than the national average wage.

Nationally, the highest salaries for medical diagnostic sonographers are paid in medical and diagnostic labs. Here's a breakdown of average salaries offered nationally by the top employers of both medical sonographers and lower paid vascular technologists:

Medical and diagnostic laboratories


Offices of physicians




Metro Areas Rated for Salary and Popularity

The following is a breakdown of the concentration of sonographer jobs per 1,000 total jobs in each of Texas's metropolitan areas. The mean salary paid in that metropolitan area is also listed:
















Corpus Christi



Dallas-Forth Worth






El Paso



Forth Worth-Arlington


















San Antonio









Expert Q&A

We wanted to know more about what it takes to become a medical sonographer in the state of Texas, so we sat down with Donald Kerns, JD, CAE, Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography/SDMS Foundation.

What are the advantages of studying to become a medical sonographer?

The U.S. News and World Reports ranked Diagnostic Medical Sonography as 12th in "The 25 Best Jobs of 2015."

What kind of education should I get?

The Society for Diagnostic Medical Sonography believes that individuals entering the Diagnostic Medical Sonography profession should graduate from an educational program that is programmatically accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), through the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) or the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT).

How can I find a program in Texas?

You can find contact information for individual sonography educational programs in Texas at the CAAHEP website (select "Diagnostic Medical Sonography" and "TX" from the drop down menus; you can also select "Cardiovascular Technology" and one of the echocardiography concentrations listed to find accredited programs focused on cardiac sonography only). You can also review existing career resources on our website. In particular, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupations Handbook and the O*Net OnLine - Occupation Description links provide a great deal of additional information about the profession and career outlook.

If I'm still in high school, what kind of courses should I make sure to take if I want to be a sonographer?

Here is a link to the National Education Curriculum for Sonography (see NEC Part I - Introduction, which describes the Common Curriculum for sonography). This section highlights the topics that a sonography student should expect to study. Therefore, a high school student might take similar courses (where available) to help prepare for a sonography career. Also, any volunteer or internship opportunities that allow the high school student to interact with patients and health care professionals may be helpful. High school students can also contact local sonography educational programs to learn more about the profession and the entrance requirements for the program.


  1. American Society of Echocardiography, http://asecho.org/sonographer-faqs/
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Texas, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_tx.htm
  4. Donald Kerns, CEO, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography/SDMS Foundation, Plano, Texas

Schools for Sonographers in Texas are listed below.

Selected Schools in Texas

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Texas.

Matching School Ads

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

  • Programs: Health Information Management
  • Degrees: Bachelor

The College of Health Care Professions is a great place for working adults to enhance their current careers, or help themselves find new career pathways to better lives. We also train high school graduates to enter in the exciting high demand Healthcare industry.

  • Programs: Limited Medical Radiologic Tech-Cert
  • Degrees: Certificate
Matching School Ads

More Texas Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Alvin Community College Alvin Associate 4,169
Austin Community College District Austin Associate 33,508
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Associate 11,167
El Centro College Dallas Associate 6,680
El Paso Community College El Paso Associate 25,023
Houston Community College Houston Associate 43,518
Lamar Institute of Technology Beaumont Associate 2,590
Lone Star College System The Woodlands Associate 39,756
Midland College Midland Bachelor 5,739
St Philips College San Antonio Associate 9,256
Tyler Junior College Tyler Associate 8,217
Virginia College-Austin Austin Associate 825

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Sonographers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Sonographers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Amarillo 60 $64450 1.24
Austin 480 $69310 1.17
Round Rock 480 $69310 1.17
Houston 1290 $71380 0.99
The Woodlands 1290 $71380 0.99
Sugar Land 1290 $71380 0.99
Beaumont 0 $53630 0
Port Arthur 0 $53630 0
Brownsville 50 $65580 0.89
Harlingen 50 $65580 0.89
College Station 30 $61760 0.68
Bryan 30 $61760 0.68
Corpus Christi 70 $66020 0.89
Dallas 1180 $70660 0.8
Fort Worth 1180 $70660 0.8
Arlington 1180 $70660 0.8
El Paso 100 $60560 0.79
San Antonio 450 $64580 1.07
New Braunfels 450 $64580 1.07
Lubbock 80 $61250 1.24
McAllen 100 $67500 0.96
Edinburg 100 $67500 0.96
Mission 100 $67500 0.96
Killeen 120 $64380 2.1
Temple 120 $64380 2.1
Tyler 60 $64780 1.46
Employment For:

Find a school near you

Career and College Resources on CityTownInfo

Real-World Career Reports

Career Stories from workers: daily activities, job tips, best/worst job aspects, training, etc.
Daily Career & Education News from our staff. We're an approved Google News provider!

Career References and Original Articles

Resource Center. A starting point for all CityTownInfo career and college resources.
Career Overviews of hundreds of careers: descriptions, salaries, forecasts, schools, more.
Best Careers Not Requiring Degrees: Good pay, job growth, low need for degrees.
Helpful Articles, many in "how-to" format; e.g., "How to Become a Chef".
Infographics covering employment and educational trends.

College Directories and Lists

These lists link to thousands of detailed school profiles.

Colleges by State. Nearly every college and trade school in the country.
Colleges Listed Alphabetically. About 7,000 colleges & trade schools, including online schools.
Colleges by Major City. Browse cities with multiple college options.
Online Colleges. Colleges with online degree programs.
Graduate Schools by State. Colleges offering graduate degree programs.
Graduate Schools by Major City. Find cities with multiple graduate school options.