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Here’s how much 33 types of hospital workers are paid

Hospital staff at Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center, in Long Beach, California.
Hospital staff watch Intensive Care Unit Nurse Merlin Pambuan, 66, walk out of the hospital where she spent eight months with COVID-19, at Dignity Health – St. Mary Medical Center, in Long Beach, California, on December 21, 2020.

  • Jobs in healthcare, medical research, and hospitals have been especially important amid the pandemic.
  • The pay of hospital workers vary; we ranked several occupations based on their annual pay.
  • Here are the average salaries of select hospital positions, based on BLS data from May 2021. 
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33. Janitors and cleaners earn an average of $33,010 a year, and there are 80,330 employed in hospitals.

hospital janitor maid
32. Orderlies earn an average of $33,580 a year, and there are 38,470 employed in hospitals.

orderly nurse gurney stretcher hospital
31. Nursing assistants earn an average of $35,180 a year, and there are 421,720 employed in hospitals.

nurse
30. Institution and cafeteria cooks earn an average of $36,410 a year, and there are 36,090 employed in hospitals.

hospital kitchen
29. Phlebotomists earn an average of $37,480 a year, and there are 48,460 employed in hospitals.

Phlebotomist
28. Emergency medical technicians earn an average of $37,980 a year, and there are 31,500 employed in hospitals.

Paramedics or emergency medical technicians treating businessman with CPR outside an ambulance.
27. Security guards earn an average of $41,520 a year, and there are 46,900 employed in hospitals.

hospital security
26. Pharmacy technicians earn an average of $43,300 a year, and there are 70,800 employed in hospitals.

Pharmacy technician prescriptions
A technician stocks the shelves of the pharmacy at White House Clinic in Berea, Kentucky, U.S., February 7, 2018.

25. Paramedics earn an average of $49,210 a year, and there are 17,580 employed in hospitals.

Three paramedics are in an ambulance with a patient. One of the paramedics is using a stethoscope on the patient.
24. Medical records specialists earn an average of $50,820 a year, and there are 52,940 employed in hospitals.

A nurse is standing in between shelves of paper medical records. She is holding a laptop in one hand and taking out medical records with the other.
23. Health technologists and technicians (all other) earn an average of $51,960 a year, and there are 55,250 employed in hospitals.

Two doctors working in the hospital pathology laboratory

This is a catch-all category for health technologists and technicians. 

22. Surgical technologists earn an average of $53,420 a year, and there are 78,980 employed in hospitals.

surgical technician
21. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians earn an average of $59,960 a year, and there are 149,800 employed in hospitals.

Clinical laboratory technologist
20. Dietitians and nutritionists earn an average of $66,650 a year, and there are 21,440 employed in hospitals.

hospital fruit dietitian
19. Radiologic technologists and technicians earn an average of $67,480 a year, and there are 129,060 employed in hospitals.

radiologic technologist
18. Healthcare social workers earn an average of $70,870 a year, and there are 48,070 employed in hospitals.

Healthcare social worker elderly patient care
17. Public relations specialists earn an average of $71,150 a year, and there are 4,600 employed in hospitals.

hospital public relations pr
16. Nuclear medicine technologists earn an average of $83,820 a year, and there are 12,720 employed in hospitals.

nuclear medicine
15. Registered nurses earn an average of $84,910 a year, and there are 1,858,580 employed in hospitals.

nurses
14. Physical therapists earn an average of $96,300 a year, and there are 66,850 employed in hospitals.

physical therapist assistant
13. Physician assistants earn an average of $122,740 a year, and there are 31,950 employed in hospitals.

Physician Assistant
12. Nurse practitioners earn an average of $123,270 a year, and there are 56,820 employed in hospitals.

missouri nurse practitioner
11. Medical dosimetrists earn an average of $124,870 a year, and there are 1,510 employed in hospitals.

A technologist sitting at the console in the operating room and operating the MRI scanner
10. Medical and health services managers earn an average of $128,870 a year, and there are 143,520 employed in hospitals.

health service manager medical
9. Pharmacists earn an average of $132,990 a year, and there are 86,740 employed in hospitals.

Walgreens pharmacy pharmacist
A pharmacist works at an internal pharmacy run by Walgreens at a Cisco health clinic at Cisco Systems in San Jose, California, U.S., March 22, 2018

8. Financial managers earn an average of $150,980 a year, and there are 10,380 employed in hospitals.

hospital administrator cfo
7. General internal medicine physicians earn an average of $184,660 a year, and there are 18,290 employed in hospitals.

internist doctor physician
6. Family medicine physicians earn an average of $209,020 a year, and there are 19,700 employed in hospitals.

doctor patient
5. Nurse anesthetists earn an average of $212,570 a year, and there are 14,440 employed in hospitals.

anesthesiologist
4. Chief executives earn an average of $243,840 a year, and there wasn’t an employment estimate for hospitals available.

Richard J. Murphy, CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital.
Richard J. Murphy, CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital.

3. Surgeons (all other) earn an average of $255,620 a year, and there are 7,750 employed in hospitals.

surgeons

This is a catch-all category that includes different kinds of surgeons. 

2. Obstetricians and gynecologists earn an average of $269,360 a year, and there are 4,360 employed in hospitals.

Obstetrician gynecologist
1. Anesthesiologists earn an average of $269,650 a year, and there are 4,520 employed in hospitals.

anesthesiologist doctor patient
Method and data source

The coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on almost everyone’s daily life in some way. Hospital staff in particular have confronted the virus every day and have put their own health at risk to help test or treat those infected by coronavirus. 

Hospitals also have long been a big employer. BLS figures indicate that hospitals employ around 5.14 million Americans, according to the most recent data in April.

People who work in hospitals perform a wide range of jobs, including nurses who take care of patients, lab technologists who run complicated tests to detect disease, and radiology technicians who manage the scans that can help diagnose patients.

Those skilled occupations could explain why hospital workers tend to make more than the average healthcare worker. The average hospital worker made $38.50 an hour and worked just over 37 hours a week on average, according to preliminary government data from March 2022.

There are about 6,090 hospitals across the US today, according to industry group the American Hospital Association, ranging from nonprofit community ones to for-profit hospitals and hospitals run by state and local governments or the federal government.

Insider decided to look at how much workers in hospitals make based on the latest industry-specific data from May 2021. To do this, we took a look at salaries in 33 selected hospitals jobs with various job duties. This includes various types of physicians as well as other hospital positions, such as security guards and cooks. 

We ranked the above 33 selected occupations by their average annual salaries and included the total number of people employed in hospitals as of May 2021. Employment and salary data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program

Ivan De Luce and Emma Court previously contributed to this story.

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