Table 108Employees and wages, by selected healthcare occupations: United States, selected years 1999–2004
[Data are based on a semi-annual mail survey of nonfarm establishments]
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Occupation title 1999 2000 2002 2004 1999–2004 1999 2000 2002 2004 1999–2004
Healthcare practitioner and technical occupationsNumber of employees1AAPC2Mean hourly wage3AAPC2
Audiologists12,95011,53010,1809,830−5.4$21.96$22.92$24.92$27.514.6
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians41,49040,08042,87043,3200.9$16.00$16.81$18.12$19.604.1
Dental Hygienists90,050148,460148,530158,13011.9$23.15$24.99$27.78$28.744.4
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers29,28031,76036,53042,5007.7$21.04$22.03$23.90$26.364.6
Dietetic Technicians29,19028,01028,91024,210−3.7$10.09$10.98$11.59$12.213.9
Dietitians and Nutritionists41,32043,03045,15047,8203.0$17.96$18.76$20.16$21.874.0
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics172,360165,530178,700191,0702.1$11.19$11.89$12.78$13.433.7
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse688,510679,470692,290706,3600.5$13.95$14.65$15.53$17.114.2
Nuclear Medicine Technologists17,88018,03017,09018,1200.3$20.40$21.56$25.13$29.227.5
Occupational Therapists78,95075,15078,58086,7101.9$24.96$24.10$25.50$27.702.1
Opticians, Dispensing58,86066,58061,79066,0002.3$12.11$12.67$13.38$14.653.9
Pharmacists226,300212,660219,390226,2000.0$30.31$33.39$36.13$41.786.6
Pharmacy Technicians196,430190,940207,380265,1906.2$ 9.64$10.38$11.15$12.094.6
Physical Therapists131,050120,410130,290145,2102.1$28.05$27.62$28.93$30.621.8
Physician Assistants56,75055,49061,91063,1402.2$24.35$29.17$30.53$32.936.2
Psychiatric Technicians54,56053,35058,60062,9602.9$11.30$12.53$13.49$13.804.1
Radiation Therapists12,34013,10013,51014,0402.6$20.84$25.59$28.90$30.187.7
Radiologic Technologists and Technicians177,850172,080173,540183,9600.7$17.07$17.93$19.30$22.075.3
Recreational Therapists30,19026,94026,13023,350−5.0$14.08$14.23$15.23$16.723.5
Registered Nurses2,205,4302,189,6702,239,5302,338,5301.2$21.38$22.31$23.96$26.774.6
Respiratory Therapists80,23082,67085,35094,5003.3$17.72$18.37$19.57$21.794.2
Respiratory Therapy Technicians33,99028,23026,22021,970−8.4$16.07$16.46$16.79$18.192.5
Speech-Language Pathologists85,92082,85087,03093,2001.6$22.99$23.31$24.75$27.333.5
Healthcare support occupations
Dental Assistants175,160250,870268,220268,9509.0$11.60$12.86$13.42$14.224.2
Home Health Aides577,530561,120569,670625,7701.6$ 9.04$ 8.71$ 9.16$ 9.230.4
Massage Therapists21,91024,62027,16034,2009.3$13.82$15.51$16.21$17.875.3
Medical Assistants281,480330,830361,960369,4305.6$10.89$11.46$11.93$12.442.7
Medical Equipment Preparers29,07032,76035,49040,2006.7$10.20$10.68$11.50$12.263.7
Medical Transcriptionists97,26097,33099,16093,670−0.7$11.86$12.37$13.33$14.203.7
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants1,308,7401,273,4601,329,3101,395,0301.3$ 8.59$ 9.18$ 9.87$10.534.2
Occupational Therapist Aides9,2508,8908,0405,390−10.2$10.92$11.21$11.78$12.773.2
Occupational Therapist Assistants17,29015,91017,97021,0004.0$15.97$16.76$17.76$18.533.0
Pharmacy Aides48,27059,89058,02045,630−1.1$ 9.14$ 9.10$ 9.47$ 9.741.3
Physical Therapist Aides44,34034,62037,33041,430−1.3$ 9.69$10.06$10.63$11.192.9
Physical Therapist Assistants48,60044,12050,43057,6503.5$16.20$16.52$17.48$18.292.5
Psychiatric Aides51,10057,68056,26056,6002.1$10.76$10.79$11.42$11.431.2
1

Estimates do not include self-employed workers and were rounded to the nearest 10.

2

Average Annual Percent Change. See Appendix II, Average Annual Rate of Change (percent change).

3

The mean hourly wage rate for an occupation is the total wages that all workers in the occupation earn in an hour divided by the total employment of the occupation. More information is available from: www​.bls.gov/oes/current/oec_tec.htm.

NOTES: This table excludes occupations such as dentists, physicians, and chiropractors, with a large percentage of workers who are self-employed and/or not employed by establishments. Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment Statistics. Available from: www​.bls.gov.oes.

From: Trend Tables

Cover of Health, United States, 2006
Health, United States, 2006: With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.
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Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2006 Nov.

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