December 23, 1999
In 1998, the average annual wage of workers in the most common health care occupations ranged from $18,970 for pharmacy technicians and aides to $102,020 for physicians and surgeons.
After doctors, the next highest paid among the most common occupations in the health field were pharmacists at $60,090 per year, dental hygienists at $46,570, and registered nurses at $43,070. The next lowest paid after pharmacy technicians and aides were emergency medical technicians at $22,360, medical technicians at $27,840, and licensed practical nurses at $28,040.
Among all of the health care occupations, registered nurses had the highest level of employment—over 2 million. The next occupations in terms of size were licensed practical nurses, with employment of about 700,000, and physicians and surgeons, with employment of nearly 500,000.
These data are a product of the Occupational Employment Statistics program. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours. Find out more in Occupational Employment and Wages, 1998, news release USDL 99-364. Occupations in the chart had the highest levels of employment in 1998 of all health care