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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Healthcare Support Occupations

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The Five Highest Paying Careers in Healthcare Support Occupations

Here is some helpful information on the top five paying careers in the field of Healthcare Support Occupations, according to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates United States.  

These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia.  The estimates do not include self-employed workers. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hour’s figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data. Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the following jobs averaged the highest salaries in the field of Healthcare Support Occupations. These estimates were calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. Each statistic includes an annual mean wage estimate.

Occupational Therapist Assistants $50,830

Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs, and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

Industries:

Offices of Other Health Practitioners: $53,430
Nursing Care Facilities: $54,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $46,240
Elementary and Secondary Schools: $44,430
Home Health Care Services: $60,980

Top Paying:

Home Health Care Services: $60,980
Employment Services: $54,730
Nursing Care Facilities: $54,030
Offices of Other Health Practitioners: $53,430
Outpatient Care Centers: $52,710

States with the Largest Number of Workers: 

Ohio: $51,290
Massachusetts: $48,260
Pennsylvania: $45,770
Rhode Island: $51,820
Oklahoma: $48,670

Top Paying:

Texas: $65,900
Idaho: $63,430
New Jersey: $59,940
Florida: $57,750
California: $57,230

Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Gadsden, AL: $50,740
Cumberland, MD-WV: $40,010
Canton-Massillon, OH: $53,000
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA: $49,930
Toledo, OH: $52,150

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas: 

El Paso, TX: $75,580
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX: $73,620
Odessa, TX: $70,830
Lynchburg, VA: $66,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division: $66,210

Physical Therapist Assistants $48,590

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

Industries:

Offices of Other Health Practitioners: $46,910
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $47,000
Nursing Care Facilities: $52,700
Home Health Care Services: $60,360
Offices of Physicians: $44,120

Top Paying:

Home Health Care Services: $60,360
Employment Services: $55,150
Nursing Care Facilities: $52,700
Community Care Facilities for the Elderly: $52,380
Individual and Family Services: $51,270

States with the Largest Number of Workers: 

Ohio: $51,180
Kentucky: $47,300
West Virginia: $41,310
Oklahoma: $43,130
Massachusetts: $50,390

Top Paying:

Texas: $61,710
California: $56,820
Nevada: $56,120
Connecticut: $55,150
Florida: $53,080

Metropolitan Areas with the Largest Number of Workers:

New Bedford, MA: $54,110
Gadsden, AL: $52,210
Bowling Green, KY: $56,020
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA: $47,840
Canton-Massillon, OH: $49,990

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX: $74,910
Corpus Christi, TX: $73,480
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA: $73,160
San Antonio, TX: $68,970
Laredo, TX: $67,490
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Massage Therapists $39,780

Massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

Industries:

Personal Care Services: $37,700
Offices of Other Health Practitioners: $44,290
Traveler Accommodation: $35,940
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries: $41,200
Offices of Physicians: $39,450

Top Paying:

Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals: $55,100
Offices of Dentists: $53,820
Junior Colleges: $53,230
Civic and Social Organizations: $45,940
Outpatient Care Centers: $45,720

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Nevada: $21,520
Alaska: $85,050
Hawaii: $39,270
Washington: $52,550
Colorado: $43,540

Top Paying:

Alaska: $85,050
Washington: $52,550
Oregon: $51,800
Delaware: $49,900
New York: $48,900

Metropolitan areas with the Largest Number of Workers:

Napa, CA: $40,550
Olympia, WA: $55,670
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV: $21,660
Anchorage, AK: $86,530
Salinas, CA: $45,340

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Anchorage, AK: $86,530
Chico, CA: $82,790 
Eugene-Springfield, OR: $67,020
Yakima, WA: $66,770
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA: $66,140

Dental Assistants $34,000

Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.

Industries:

Offices of Dentists: $34,010
Offices of Physicians: $30,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $37,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools: $33,340
Employment Services: $35,160

Top Paying:

Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation): $37,690
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals: $37,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $35,240
Employment Services: $35,160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $34,910

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

Utah: $27,970
Washington: $37,480
Idaho: $29,020
California: $35,290
Alaska: $43,670

Top Paying:

District of Columbia: $45,630
Alaska: $43,670
Minnesota: $41,510
New Hampshire: $40,910
Massachusetts: $40,730

Metropolitan areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Logan, UT: $23,090
Provo-Orem, UT: $30,560
Chico, CA: $30,840
Fairbanks, AK: $39,540
St. George, UT: $27,910

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA: $46,740
Manchester, NH: $46,110
Anchorage, AK: $44,960
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division: $44,480
Waterbury, CT: $44,380
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Medical Transcriptionists $33,350

Use transcribing machines with headset and foot pedal to listen to recordings by physicians and other healthcare professionals dictating a variety of medical reports, such as emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form to the dictator for review and signature, or correction.

Industries:

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals: $34,480
Offices of Physicians: $32,410
Business Support Services: $31,040
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories: $38,680
Outpatient Care Centers: $32,870

Top Paying:

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories: $38,680
Insurance Carriers: $37,980
Scientific Research and Development Services: $36,270
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services: $36,260
Offices of Dentists: $36,170

States with the Largest Number of Workers:

South Dakota: $28,410
North Dakota: $27,700
Maine: $32,660
Wisconsin: $33,390
Iowa: $31,390

Top Paying:

Massachusetts: $42,880
Alaska: $42,640
California: $41,100
Hawaii: $38,950
New Jersey: $38,750

Metropolitan areas with the Highest Concentration of Workers:

Bangor, ME: $32,150
Lewiston, ID-WA: $36,660
Eau Claire, WI: $33,660
Rapid City, SD: $29,540
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division: $67,360

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas:

Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division: $67,360
Framingham, MA NECTA Division: $53,990 
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: $48,670
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division: $48,620
Salinas, CA: $47,840

Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Copyright Information: “The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is a Federal government agency and everything that we publish, both in hard copy and electronically, is in the public domain, except for previously copyrighted photographs and illustrations. You are free to use our public domain material without specific permission, although we do ask that you cite the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the source.” 

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