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Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupation Profiles


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Distinct Groups (61): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes290000.htm
Employment: 8,318,500
Mean Hourly Wage: $38.06
Mean Annual Wage: $79,160
Largest Employment—Registered Nurses--2,857,180
Smallest Employment CategoryProsthodontists--750
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 61 distinct occupational job types

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

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 8,318,500 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $79,160. 

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 $38.057, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $79,160. 

Did you know? Northern California absolutely dominates the top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation with eight of the top nine places including: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($113,510), San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division ($112,140), Napa, CA ($107,670), San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division ($107,000), Salinas, CA ($105,810) and Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division ($104,310).  

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.

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