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 TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Medical Scientist $79,930
Medical Laboratory Technician $49,310

Phlebotomist

$30,670

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Medical ScientistMedical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and TechniciansPhlebotomist.

Communication Sciences

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Audiologist $73,060
Speech-Language Pathologist $71,550

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists.

Medical Careers

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Medical Assistant $29,960
Medical Coding $35,900
Medical Lab Technicians and Technologists  $49,310
Medical Transcriptionist $34,750

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Medical AssistantsMedical Records and Health Information TechniciansMedical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians, Medical Transcriptionists.

Medical Imaging

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Radiographer & Radiologic Technician $57,370
Ultrasound Technician $62,540 

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Radiologic Technologists, Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Nursing

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
LPN and LVN $42,490
Nursing Assistant $25,090

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants.

Occupational Therapy

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Occupational Therapy Assistant $52,300
Occupational Therapist $78,810

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides, Occupational Therapists.

Other Health Care Careers

Physical Therapy

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Physical Therapy Assistant $41,640
Physical Therapist $82,390

Sources:  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 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.