Salaries for Healthcare Careers

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

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Find out What to Expect from Healthcare 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.

Healthcare Salaries by Specialty

Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Medical Scientist$80,530
Medical Laboratory Technician$50,930
Phlebotomist$32,710

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Medical ScientistMedical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and TechniciansPhlebotomist.

Communication Sciences

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Audiologist$75,980
Speech-Language Pathologist$74,680

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Audiologists,Speech-Language Pathologists.

Medical Careers

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Medical Assistant$31,540
Medical Coding$38,040
Medical Lab Technicians and Technologists$50,930
Medical Transcriptionist$35,720

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Medical AssistantsMedical Records and Health Information TechniciansMedical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansMedical Transcriptionists.

Medical Imaging

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Radiographer & Radiologic Technician$58,960
Ultrasound Technician$64,280

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Radiologic TechnologistsDiagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Nursing

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
LPN and LVN$44,090
Nursing Assistant$26,590

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants.

Occupational Therapy

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Occupational Therapy Assistant$56,070
Occupational Therapist$81,910

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Occupational Therapy Assistants and AidesOccupational Therapists.

Other Health Care Careers

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Cardiovascular Technologist$55,570
Dietitian / Nutritionist$58,920
Emergency Medical Technician$32,670
Pharmacy Technician$30,920
Physician Assistant$101,480

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular TechnologistsDietitians and NutritionistsEMTs and ParamedicsPharmacy AssistantsPhysician Assistants.

Physical Therapy

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary*
Physical Therapy Assistant$45,290
Physical Therapist$85,400

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018-19 Occupational Outlook Handbook; Physical Therapy Assistants and AidesPhysical 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.

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