Healthcare Support Occupation Profiles


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.

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.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment Category--Nursing Assistants—1,443,150
Smallest Employment Category—Occupational Therapist Aides—7,210

Highest Paid (mean annual wage) 

Lowest Paid (from the lowest) 

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.

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