Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations

SOC major groups



These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. These and other data elements, including the 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages are available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

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Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations 6,173,760 $21.63 $26.62 $55,380 0.3 %
29-1011 Chiropractors 20,210 $31.72 $39.72 $82,630 2.8 %
29-1020 Dentists 97,090 $57.85 $63.08 $131,210 2.6 %
29-1031 Dietitians and Nutritionists 46,190 $20.21 $20.68 $43,020 0.6 %
29-1041 Optometrists 22,740 $41.07 $45.70 $95,060 2.9 %
29-1051 Pharmacists 215,030 $38.72 $37.80 $78,620 0.5 %
29-1061 Anesthesiologists 23,790 (5) $88.89 $184,880 2.1 %
29-1062 Family and General Practitioners 111,990 $64.11 $67.13 $139,640 1.9 %
29-1063 Internists, General 50,140 (5) $76.99 $160,130 1.6 %
29-1064 Obstetricians and Gynecologists 19,180 (5) $86.86 $180,660 2.2 %
29-1065 Pediatricians, General 26,910 $64.50 $68.90 $143,300 2.1 %
29-1066 Psychiatrists 19,530 $64.41 $66.97 $139,300 1.5 %
29-1067 Surgeons 49,730 (5) $91.48 $190,280 1.0 %
29-1071 Physician Assistants 60,030 $31.57 $31.15 $64,790 1.5 %
29-1081 Podiatrists 7,800 $45.22 $51.17 $106,430 3.6 %
29-1111 Registered Nurses 2,246,430 $23.82 $24.63 $51,230 0.2 %
29-1121 Audiologists 10,030 $23.93 $25.23 $52,490 1.7 %
29-1122 Occupational Therapists 81,380 $25.27 $25.87 $53,810 0.4 %
29-1123 Physical Therapists 134,970 $27.75 $29.02 $60,350 0.3 %
29-1124 Radiation Therapists 13,990 $26.06 $30.83 $64,130 7.2 %
29-1125 Recreational Therapists 22,860 $15.32 $15.82 $32,920 0.5 %
29-1126 Respiratory Therapists 87,180 $19.79 $20.07 $41,750 0.3 %
29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists 86,640 $24.06 $25.10 $52,210 0.4 %
29-1131 Veterinarians 43,890 $31.13 $36.00 $74,880 1.8 %
29-2011 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 146,900 $20.98 $21.38 $44,480 0.3 %
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 146,160 $14.24 $14.88 $30,940 0.5 %
29-2021 Dental Hygienists 146,360 $27.10 $28.13 $58,520 2.3 %
29-2031 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 43,300 $17.99 $18.44 $38,350 0.7 %
29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 37,240 $24.02 $24.39 $50,740 0.6 %
29-2033 Nuclear Medicine Technologists 17,550 $24.79 $26.57 $55,260 6.5 %
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 173,030 $19.53 $20.03 $41,660 0.4 %
29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 181,750 $11.75 $12.95 $26,930 0.8 %
29-2051 Dietetic Technicians 26,870 $10.78 $11.64 $24,210 1.0 %
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians 211,270 $10.94 $11.47 $23,860 0.5 %
29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians 56,000 $12.39 $13.60 $28,290 2.1 %
29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians 25,470 $16.75 $17.11 $35,590 0.5 %
29-2055 Surgical Technologists 73,250 $15.45 $15.74 $32,740 0.4 %
29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 53,730 $11.22 $11.76 $24,470 0.7 %
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 682,590 $15.57 $15.97 $33,210 0.3 %
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 148,380 $11.79 $12.77 $26,550 0.4 %
29-2081 Opticians, Dispensing 63,780 $12.67 $13.74 $28,570 1.5 %
29-2091 Orthotists and Prosthetists 4,880 $23.90 $27.38 $56,950 3.0 %
29-9010 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians 42,580 $22.88 $23.57 $49,020 0.6 %
29-9091 Athletic Trainers 11,750 (4) (4) $34,860 1.4 %

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

Estimates for residual, "All Other", occupations are not available.

(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(4) = Hourly wage rates for occupations where workers typically work fewer than 2,080 hours per year are not available.

(5) = Median hourly wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour.


National OES estimates by SOC major group



May 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2003 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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