Salaries for Health Care Careers

Learn about health care career salaries for the most popular jobs in the allied health field.

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Find out What to Expect from Health Care Salaries

While your career focus may be the biggest factor in your expected earnings, it's certainly not the only one. Here are other factors that help shape health care salaries:

  • Location – You may earn more living in a city than in a rural area.
  • Education level – A higher level of education usually receives higher pay.
  • Experience – More experience equals more compensation.
  • Job title – Job titles indicate experience, training and responsibility.  
  • Employer – Bigger employers often pay higher than smaller employers.  

Health Care Salaries by Specialty

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist $57,580
Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician $37,240
Histology Technician $51,830
Pathology Assistant $75,086

Phlebotomist

$30,552

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians; Salary.com, January 2104; Histology Technicians, Pathology Assistant, Phlebotomist.

Communication Sciences

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Audiologist $69,720
Speech-Language Pathologist $69,870

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists.

Medical Careers

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Medical Assistant $29,370
Medical Coding $34,160
Medical Lab Technician  $37,240
Medical Transcriptionist $34,160

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Medical AssistantsMedical Records and Health Information TechniciansMedical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians, Medical Transcriptionists.

Medical Imaging

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Radiographer & Radiologic Technician $55,910
Ultrasound Technician $60,350

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Radiologic Technologists, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Nursing

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
LPN and LVN $41,540
Nursing Assistant $24,400

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants.

Occupational Therapy

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Occupational Therapy Assistant $48,940
Occupational Therapist $75,400

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides, Occupational Therapists.

Other Health Care Careers

Physical Therapy

Job Title Median Annual Salary*
Physical Therapy Assistant $39,430
Physical Therapist $79,860

Sources:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Physical Therapy Assistants and Aides, Physical Therapists.

*The salary information listed is based on a national average, unless noted. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.