What you can expect to earn in the top 10 healthcare jobs

Susanna Kahr

Whether you’ve been working in healthcare for a long time, or you’re just starting your career in the industry, it’s important to know just how much you should be making in your chosen role. Not only does this mean that you can fight for the salary you deserve, it also means that you can ensure that others get what they deserve too. 

We can all get better at negotiating our salary, especially since many people are actually scared to do it according to Salary.com. In fact, a recent survey revealed that only 37% of people said that they always negotiate for their salaries. 18% said that they never do it and 44% said they’ve never brought it up! But, the first step is always to do your research and find out how much you’re really worth, and that’s where we come in. We’ve found the average salaries for the top 10 healthcare jobs to help you out. All you need to do is make notes and then start fighting for the best paycheck you can

Nursing Assistants

Nursing assistants are on hand to help with any number of different tasks. From answering patient calls or the intercom system, to turning patients in their beds, to feeding, bathing, grooming and helping them get out of bed, the nursing assistant role is one that really keeps you on your feet. As with orderlies, this job is also in demand right now as more and more Americans are aging and in need of care. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for a nursing assistant is $28,560. The best salaries can be found in Scientific Research and Development services ($41,990), the Federal Executive Branch ($39,110) and Junior Colleges ($37,620). And, the best states to work as a nursing assistant are Alaska ($39,830), New York ($37,010), Hawaii ($35,770), California ($35,220) and Nevada ($35,130). And, if you choose to move to California then head for San Francisco Oakland-Hayward which has an average salary for nursing assistants of $44,260 or Salinas which has an average salary of $42,590! Not bad, right?!

Good Samaritan is hiring Nursing Assistants right now

Cafeteria Cooks

Every hospital with a cafeteria needs skilful cafeteria cooks to feed everyone. They are responsible for planning, buying, preparing and cooking large quantities of food, paying attention to dietary requirements, and taking care of their kitchen and equipment. 

According to the BLS, the average salary for a cafeteria cook in General Medical and Surgical Hospitals is $31,930 and for those working in nursing homes or care facilities it’s $28,500. The best states for cafeteria cooks are Connecticut ($38,580), Hawaii ($38,110), Alaska ($37,670), Massachusetts ($37,300) and the district of Columbia ($37,270). But, if you’re based or want to move to the metropolitan parts of New York, you could earn an average salary of $36,050. 

Alameda Health System is looking for Cafeteria Cooks right now

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

EMTs and Paramedics jump in the ambulance to go and administer emergency medicine to patients in dire need. They are skilled in administering first aid, and life support care on the spot. They can use defibrillators and bag valve resuscitators and are the medical professionals that we want to be there when we or one of our closest friends or family has had an accident, had a stroke or gone into cardiac arrest. 

According to the BLS, the average annual salary for an EMT or Paramedic is $36,700 but you could earn up to $56,990 depending on the location and industry you work in. The top paying industries are the State Government ($62,550), Technical and Trade Schools ($48,230) and Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services ($47,720). And the top paying states are Washington ($68,970), the District of Columbia ($58,110), Alaska ($48,420), Connecticut ($47,810), and Maryland ($46,010). 

HCA Healthcare is hiring Paramedics right now

Phlebotomists

If you’ve ever had a blood test then you’ve met a phlebotomist. Phlebotomists are responsible for drawing and testing blood, performing transfusions and taking blood donations at blood drives. They mainly work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors’ offices.

According to the BLS, the average annual salary for a Phlebotomist is $34,480. The top paying industries are Health and Personal Care stores ($43,760), Management, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services ($41,970) and Nursing Care Facilities ($40,840). And, the top paying states are California ($45,030), Alaska ($42,290), District of Columbia ($41,600), New York ($40,630) and Massachusetts ($39,970). 

Christus Health is looking for Phlebotomists right now

Medical Transcriptionists

This is a great job if you want to work in healthcare but don’t want to to work with patients or even in a healthcare center. Medical Transcriptionists listen to recordings taken by doctors and transcribe the notes into written documents which can be done remotely in the comfort of your own home

According to the BLS, the average salary for medical transcriptionists is $36,350. The top paying industries are Local Government ($44,150), Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services ($43,490) and Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories ($42,120). And, the top paying states are Alaska ($49,420), New Jersey ($44,200), Minnesota ($43,200), Maryland ($43,070) and New York ($42,020). 

Toledo Clinic is hiring Medical Transcriptionists right now

Surgical Technologists

Surgical Technologists are responsible for keeping the operating theater sterile during surgical procedures, ensuring that there is enough of the right equipment available before surgery, assisting the operating team and sterilizing surgical equipment. 

According to the BLS, the average salary for surgical technologists is $49,040. The top paying industries are Specialty facilities ($55,110), Employment services ($54,040) and Colleges, Universities and Public Colleges ($53,670). And, the top paying states are Alaska ($63,930), California ($60,940), District of Columbia ($59,280), Nevada ($59,040) and Minnesota ($58,630). 

University of Utah Health Care is looking for Surgical Technologists

Dietitians and Nutritionists

Dietitians and nutritionists are responsible for advising people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve health-related goals. They are experts in the field of nutrition they create all kinds of tailor-made nutrition plans for patients. If you’re looking for a family friendly job in healthcare, this is just one of our top 10

According to the BLS, the average salary for a dietitian or nutritionist is $61,210. The top paying industries are General Medical and Surgical Hospitals ($62,640), Outpatient Care Services ($66,840) and Nursing Care Facilities ($60,230). And, the top paying states are California ($74,060), Alaska ($71,210), Connecticut ($69,610), Hawaii ($69,050) and New Jersey ($68,810). 

Michael Foods is hiring Nutritionists right now

Registered Nurse

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for other occupations! Registered nurses assist physicians and perform lots of different tasks related to patient care, case management and treatment planning. It’s no surprise then that RNs are the most in demand because they specialize in several areas!

According to the BLS, the average salary for RNs is $75,510! The top paying industries are Pharmaceutical and Medical Manufacturing ($95,400), Federal Executive Branch ($89,430) and Business Schools and Computer and Management Training ($85,920). And, the top paying states are California ($106,950), Hawaii ($98,080), District of Columbia ($92,350), Massachusetts ($92,140) and Oregon ($91,080). 

Aveanna Healthcare is looking for Registered Nurses right now

Administrative services managers

Like RNs, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations! Administrative services managers monitor medical or surgical facilities to ensure that they remain safe, secure, and well-maintained, They are also responsible for preparing and reviewing operational reports and schedules to ensure accuracy and efficiency, setting goals for the department and ordering and maintaining store supplies. 

According to the BLS, the average salary for an administrative services manager in General Medical and Surgical Hospitals is $111,120. The top paying states for this job are the District of Columbia ($145,760), New York ($143,030), Massachusetts ($133,900), Delaware ($131,260) and Connecticut ($129,480). 

The University of Texas Health Service Center is hiring an Administrative Manager right now

Orderlies

Orderlies are responsible for lifting patients on and off stretchers, surgical or examination tables, transporting them around the hospital or clinic and disinfecting or sterilizing medical equipment. It’s a job that involves long hours and a lot of heavy lifting, but as with so many healthcare jobs right now, it’s also in real demand, which means that the average salary looks set to increase. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for an orderly is $29,840 at the moment. Interestingly, the average wage is highest for orderlies who work in home health care at $36,070, and is also high for those working in Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals and Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories, so if you’re looking for a new job, you should consider these places for sure. The 5 states paying orderlies the most are Alaska ($41,470), California ($39,410), Hawaii ($39,310), Minnesota ($37,460) and Massachusetts ($36,010).  

Mount Sinai is looking for an Orderly

Now go out there and get the salary you deserve! You’ve got this!

 

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