Here’s how much 30 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.

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30. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners, earn an average of $31,700 a year, and there are 79,690 employed in hospitals.

hospital janitor maid

What they do, according to O*NET: Keep buildings in clean and orderly condition. Perform heavy cleaning duties, such as cleaning floors, shampooing rugs, washing walls and glass, and removing rubbish. Duties may include tending furnace and boiler, performing routine maintenance activities, notifying management of need for repairs, and cleaning snow or debris from sidewalk.

29. Orderlies earn an average of $31,820 a year, and there are 36,340 employed in hospitals.

orderly nurse gurney stretcher hospital

What they do, according to O*NET: 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.

28. Nursing assistants earn an average of $33,680 a year, and there are 406,500 employed in hospitals.

nurse

What they do, according to O*NET: 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.

27. Cooks (institution and cafeteria) earn an average of $33,880 a year, and there are 34,660 employed in hospitals.

hospital kitchen

What they do, according to O*NET: Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias; clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.

26. Phlebotomists earn an average of $36,300 a year, and there are 50,040 employed in hospitals.

Phlebotomist

What they do, according to O*NET: Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

25. Security guards earn an average of $39,000 a year, and there are 43,840 employed in hospitals.

hospital security

What they do, according to O*NET: Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate X-ray and metal detector equipment.

24. Pharmacy technicians earn an average of $41,160 a year, and there are 69,640 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.

What they do, according to O*NET: 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.

23. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics earn an average of $41,320 a year, and there are 49,330 employed in hospitals.

emergency medical technicians emt paramedics

What they do, according to O*NET: Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

22. Medical dosimetrists, medical records specialists, and health technologists and technicians (all other) earn an average of $50,900 a year, and there are 114,200 employed in hospitals.

medical records technician

This is a catch-all category that includes medical dosimetrists, medical records specialists, and health technologists and technicians. 

21. Surgical technologists earn an average of $51,350 a year, and there are 78,650 employed in hospitals.

surgical technician

What they do, according to O*NET: Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

20. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians earn an average of $57,740 a year, and there are 158,930 employed in hospitals.

Clinical laboratory technologist

What they do, according to O*NET: Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff. Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.

19. Dietitians and nutritionists earn an average of $64,800 a year, and there are 21,980 employed in hospitals.

hospital fruit dietitian

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals, or conduct nutritional research.

18. Radiologic technologists and technicians earn an average of $65,250 a year, and there are 126,170 employed in hospitals.

radiologic technologist

What they do, according to O*NET: Take X-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient’s blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

17. Public relations specialists earn an average of $66,070 a year, and there are 4,810 employed in hospitals.

hospital public relations pr

What they do, according to O*NET: Engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

16. Healthcare social workers earn an average of $66,330 a year, and there are 52,040 employed in hospitals.

Healthcare social worker elderly patient care

What they do, according to O*NET: Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

15. Registered nurses earn an average of $81,630 a year, and there are 1,832,950 employed in hospitals.

nurses

What they do, according to O*NET: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

14. Nuclear medicine technologists earn an average of $81,660 a year, and there are 12,740 employed in hospitals.

nuclear medicine

What they do, according to O*NET: Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

13. Physical therapists earn an average of $92,960 a year, and there are 65,190 employed in hospitals.

physical therapist assistant

What they do, according to O*NET: Assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

12. Physician assistants earn an average of $117,110 a year, and there are 32,840 employed in hospitals.

Physician Assistant

What they do, according to O*NET: Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

11. Nurse practitioners earn an average of $118,350 a year, and there are 53,960 employed in hospitals.

missouri nurse practitioner

What they do, according to O*NET: Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and X-rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

10. Medical and health-services managers earn an average of $127,090 a year, and there are 137,800 employed in hospitals.

health service manager medical

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies, or similar organizations.

9. Pharmacists earn an average of $128,120 a year, and there are 83,990 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

What they do, according to O*NET: Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions, and side effects of medications.

8. Financial managers earn an average of $150,420 a year, and there are 10,310 employed in hospitals.

hospital administrator cfo

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

7. General internal medicine physicians earn an average of $172,130 a year, and there are 16,900 employed in hospitals.

internist doctor physician

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

6. Family medicine physicians earn an average of $194,010 a year, and there are 19,790 employed in hospitals.

doctor patient

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

5. Nurse anesthetists earn an average of $196,700 a year, and there are 14,560 employed in hospitals.

anesthesiologist

What they do, according to O*NET: Administer anesthesia, monitor patients’ vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

4. Chief executives earn an average of $214,550 a year, and there are 5,690 employed in hospitals.

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

What they do, according to O*NET: Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

3. Surgeons earn an average of $219,540 a year, and there are 10,050 employed in hospitals.

surgeons

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally invasive, or noninvasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

2. Obstetricians and gynecologists earn an average of $220,680 a year, and there are 4,570 employed in hospitals.

Obstetrician gynecologist

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. 

1. Anesthesiologists earn an average of $226,270 a year, and there are 4,200 employed in hospitals.

anesthesiologist doctor patient

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.

Method and data source

The coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on almost everyone’s daily life in some way. Hospital staff in particular are confronting the virus every day and putting 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 over $35 an hour and worked just over 37 hours a week on average, according to preliminary government data from March 2021.

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.

According to a Bloomberg report from 2019 citing data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, four out of the top five highest-paid jobs in the US are in the medical field, with physicians, surgeons, and general practitioners reporting salaries over $200,000.

Because of this, Insider decided to look at how their coworkers fare in hospitals based on the latest industry-specific data from May 2020. To do this, we took a look at typical salaries in 30 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 30 selected occupations by their average annual salaries and included the total number of people employed in hospitals as of May 2020. Employment and salary data are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program.  We also included each job’s description as defined by O*NET.

A previous version of this article used May 2018 data and noted that figures were median annual earnings, but these figures were average annual earnings.

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