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Distinct Groups (17): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes310000.htm
Employment: 4,043,480
Mean Hourly Wage: $14.65
Mean Annual Wage: $30,470
Largest Employment Category--Nursing Assistants—1,443,150
Smallest Employment CategoryOccupational Therapist Aides—7,210
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Healthcare Support occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 17 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Dental Assistants Rapid Growth Video
Healthcare Support Workers Rapid Growth Video
Home Health Aides Rapid Growth & Numerous Job Openings Video
Massage Therapists Rapid Growth Video
Medical Assistants Rapid Growth Video
Medical Equipment Preparers Rapid Growth Video
Certified Nurse Assitant Rapid Growth & Numerous Job Openings Video
Occupational Therapist Aides Rapid Growth Video
Occupational Therapy Assistants Rapid Growth Video
Phlebotomist Rapid Growth Video
Physical Therapist Aides Rapid Growth Video
Physical Therapist Assistants Rapid Growth Video
Veterinary Assistants and Lab Animal Caretakers Rapid Growth Video

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 4,043,480 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $30,470.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical group’s mean hourly wage of $14.65, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $30,470.

Did you know? The top four metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation can be found in two States…Texas and North Carolina: Brownsville-Harlingen, TX (68.29 per 1,000 jobs), McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX (61.40), Goldsboro, NC (58.81) and Greenville, NC (57.97). 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest) 

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here 

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
1.    Occupational Therapy Assistants (38,170) $59,530
2.    Physical Therapist Assistants (85,580) $56,850
3.    Massage Therapists (95,830) $44,480
4.    Dental Assistants (327,290) $37,890
5.    Healthcare Support Workers, All Other (93,830) $37,720
6.    Medical Transcriptionists (54,070) $37,150
7.    Medical Equipment Preparers (52,500) $35,960
8.    Phlebotomists (120,970) $33,750
9.    Medical Assistants (623,560) $32,850
10.  Occupational Therapy Aides (7,210) $31,840
11.  Psychiatric Aides (67,410) $28,770
12.  Orderlies (52,940) $28,550
13.  Pharmacy Aides (36,660) $28,420
14.  Physical Therapist Aides (50,030) $27,890
15.  Nursing Assistants (1,443,150) $27,650
16.  Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers (79,990) $26,810
17.  Home Health Aides (14,300) $23,600


What's Hot

What’s Hot: Assistants lead the way in the Healthcare Support group. Occupational Therapist Assistants (at $59,530) and Physical Therapist Assistants ($56,850) head up the Best Paid list, followed by Massage Therapists ($44,480) and Dental Assistants ($37,890), further indicate the high regard in which healthcare professionals are held.


What’s Not: On the other hand, Home Health Aides ($23,600) and Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers at $26,810, up from $22,790, could use a little more support of their own as they top the Least Paid list. It is interesting to compare the Veterinary Assistants, with the highly trained and regarded Veterinarians, who have a mean annual wage of $100,560.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career:  According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Healthcare Support occupational group are:

New York (364,110 workers)
California (351,250)
Texas (312,950)
Florida (235,950)
Ohio (199,500)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

Rhode Island (43.47 per 1,000 jobs)
New York  (40.02)
New Jersey (38.07)
Ohio (37.37)
North Carolina (36.18)

The top paying States for this occupation are below.  The Pacific Northwest leads the way with Alaska, California, Washington and Oregon taking the top four spots on the list.

Alaska ($44,210 annual mean wage)
California ($36,410)
Washington ($35,530)
Oregon ($35,110)
Connecticut ($53,250)