Highest paying jobs in health care
Anybody who has taken a course in marketing, psychology or sociology is likely familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. First detailed by psychologist Andrew Maslow in his 1943 work “A Theory of Human Motivation,” the hierarchy breaks down the complex network of human thoughts into a categorical triage, placing self-development at the top and security and physical health at the bottom. In setting up this pyramid, Maslow framed self-recognition and creative development as ultimate goals, while also prioritizing personal safety and strong physical health.
As such, it has never been more important to recognize the health care professionals who work tirelessly to keep the population healthy. A recent estimate from the Wall Street Journal suggests that the United States will soon spend close to 20% of its GDP on health care-related costs. While it’s encouraging to know that the country is investing in those responsible for maintaining the nation’s well-being, not all healthcare professionals receive equal compensation.
Using May 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker listed the highest-paying jobs in the American healthcare system. The positions are ranked according to mean annual wage and are only included at the level of greatest granularity, meaning that broader occupations with more specific breakdowns are excluded from the ranking.
Read on for a more detailed understanding of the compensation spectrum in the health care industry.
#76. Home Health Aides
Mean annual wage: $24,280
Mean hourly wage: $11.67
Description: Provide routine individualized health care such as changing bandages, dressing wounds and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing and grooming of patient.
#75. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
Mean annual wage: $27,570
Mean hourly wage: $13.26
Description: Feed, water and examine pets and other non-farm animals for signs of illness, disease or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians or scientists.
#74. Physical Therapist Aides
Mean annual wage: $27,910
Mean hourly wage: $13.42
Description: Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.
#73. Nursing Assistants
Mean annual wage: $28,540
Mean hourly wage: $13.72
Description: Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides and nursing attendants.
Mean annual wage: $28,990
Mean hourly wage: $13.94
Description: Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.
#71. Pharmacy Aides
Mean annual wage: $29,030
Mean hourly wage: $13.96
Description: Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.
#70. Psychiatric Aides
Mean annual wage: $29,330
Mean hourly wage: $14.10
Description: Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.
#69. Dietetic Technicians
Mean annual wage: $29,610
Mean hourly wage: $14.24
Description: Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition or counsel individuals.
#68. Pharmacy Technicians
Mean annual wage: $33,060
Mean hourly wage: $15.90
Description: Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.
#67. Medical Assistants
Mean annual wage: $33,580
Mean hourly wage: $16.15
Description: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by physician.2018 All rights reserved.