Hawaii is every tourist’s dream. Known for its abundant scenery, tropical climate, and number of active volcanoes, many consider it the nation’s own paradise. In the state’s beginning, its economy was dominated mainly by its whaling and sandalwood industries. Now, tourism is the largest contributing industry to the economy. As of 2009, Hawaii’s health care industry insured 92% of its residents. It is also the state most often used as a model for suggested state and federal health care changes. In 2013, there were a total of 160 diagnostic medical sonographers employed in Hawaii. This number is expected to increase to reach 200 by 2020.
Diagnostic medical sonographers working in Hawaii earn an annual median wage much higher than the nation’s, most likely due to the higher cost of living. The state’s total employment for ultrasound technicians, however, is expected to increase gradually, at a slower rate than the national level.
Certification Requirements in Hawaii
Certification is not a requirement for technicians working in Hawaii, but it is an option. Unfortunately, the state does not have any schools or programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). For any technicians who wish to receive an associate or bachelor’s degree, or under 2 year certification, they may do so by completing their education elsewhere. Licensure is also offered under the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Ultrasound Technician Salary in Hawaii
In 2013, diagnostic medical sonographers in Hawaii averaged an annual median salary of $78,200 – over $10,000 more than the national median. The bottom 10% of earners averaged an annual salary of $55,800; while those in the top 10% averaged an annual income of $95,900. The hourly median wage for ultrasound technicians in Hawaii in 2013 was $37.58.
The State of Department of Labor and Industrial Relations expects total employment for ultrasound technicians to increase 35% between 2010 and 2020. This will bring the number of total technicians to 200 in 2020. As a result of growth and net replacement, there is projected to be 10 new openings per year.
Hawaii Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Salary by Local Area:
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Source: Hawaii Wage Information (2013)