Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2004 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 6,359,380 $22.71 $27.55 $57,310 0.3 %
29-1011 Chiropractors 21,830 $33.61 $42.01 $87,390 4.1 %
29-1021 Dentists, General 84,240 $59.16 $63.87 $132,850 2.2 %
29-1022 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 4,950 (5) $79.69 $165,750 6.4 %
29-1023 Orthodontists 6,190 (5) $72.45 $150,700 6.7 %
29-1024 Prosthodontists 730 (5) $70.04 $145,670 16.2 %
29-1029 Dentists, All Other Specialists 2,710 $60.64 $62.64 $130,300 8.8 %
29-1031 Dietitians and Nutritionists 46,530 $20.98 $21.46 $44,640 0.5 %
29-1041 Optometrists 22,780 $42.51 $46.53 $96,780 2.4 %
29-1051 Pharmacists 222,960 $40.82 $40.56 $84,370 0.6 %
29-1061 Anesthesiologists 25,130 (5) $83.77 $174,250 2.0 %
29-1062 Family and General Practitioners 106,750 $65.91 $66.58 $138,490 1.6 %
29-1063 Internists, General 51,180 (5) $76.06 $158,200 1.6 %
29-1064 Obstetricians and Gynecologists 20,850 (5) $84.74 $176,270 2.0 %
29-1065 Pediatricians, General 26,520 $65.26 $68.04 $141,520 1.7 %
29-1066 Psychiatrists 22,440 (5) $72.17 $150,110 3.4 %
29-1067 Surgeons 55,800 (5) $87.31 $181,610 1.4 %
29-1069 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 162,720 $67.44 $66.16 $137,610 1.4 %
29-1071 Physician Assistants 59,470 $33.37 $33.07 $68,780 1.2 %
29-1081 Podiatrists 7,550 $45.38 $52.11 $108,400 4.1 %
29-1111 Registered Nurses 2,311,970 $25.16 $26.06 $54,210 0.2 %
29-1121 Audiologists 9,810 $24.74 $26.47 $55,050 1.9 %
29-1122 Occupational Therapists 83,560 $26.28 $27.19 $56,550 0.5 %
29-1123 Physical Therapists 142,940 $28.93 $30.00 $62,390 0.4 %
29-1124 Radiation Therapists 14,470 $27.74 $29.05 $60,420 2.7 %
29-1125 Recreational Therapists 23,050 $15.82 $16.48 $34,280 0.5 %
29-1126 Respiratory Therapists 91,350 $20.74 $21.24 $44,180 0.2 %
29-1127 Speech-Language Pathologists 89,260 $25.20 $26.71 $55,550 0.9 %
29-1129 Therapists, All Other 8,090 $19.32 $21.45 $44,620 3.9 %
29-1131 Veterinarians 46,090 $32.01 $36.07 $75,030 1.6 %
29-1199 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other 56,920 $27.87 $44.38 $92,300 5.1 %
29-2011 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 151,240 $21.99 $22.41 $46,600 0.3 %
29-2012 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 141,720 $14.83 $15.44 $32,120 0.5 %
29-2021 Dental Hygienists 155,810 $28.05 $28.58 $59,440 1.8 %
29-2031 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 43,540 $18.60 $19.09 $39,710 0.7 %
29-2032 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers 41,280 $25.24 $25.78 $53,620 0.7 %
29-2033 Nuclear Medicine Technologists 17,520 $27.14 $29.43 $61,210 5.6 %
29-2034 Radiologic Technologists and Technicians 177,220 $20.84 $21.41 $44,530 0.6 %
29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 187,900 $12.17 $13.30 $27,650 0.7 %
29-2051 Dietetic Technicians 24,630 $11.05 $11.89 $24,730 0.9 %
29-2052 Pharmacy Technicians 255,290 $11.37 $11.87 $24,700 0.5 %
29-2053 Psychiatric Technicians 59,010 $12.28 $13.43 $27,940 1.3 %
29-2054 Respiratory Therapy Technicians 24,190 $17.67 $18.00 $37,440 0.5 %
29-2055 Surgical Technologists 82,280 $16.35 $16.72 $34,770 0.7 %
29-2056 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 58,570 $11.99 $12.49 $25,990 0.8 %
29-2061 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 702,740 $16.33 $16.75 $34,840 0.2 %
29-2071 Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 155,030 $12.30 $13.30 $27,660 0.3 %
29-2081 Opticians, Dispensing 62,350 $13.44 $14.37 $29,880 1.1 %
29-2091 Orthotists and Prosthetists 4,930 $24.17 $27.47 $57,130 2.5 %
29-2099 Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other 72,390 $16.46 $18.10 $37,650 1.7 %
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 36,360 $24.79 $25.54 $53,110 0.6 %
29-9012 Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 11,190 $20.25 $21.31 $44,320 1.2 %
29-9091 Athletic Trainers 13,100 (4) (4) $36,350 1.4 %
29-9099 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Workers, All Other 52,240 $16.04 $18.20 $37,860 1.2 %

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

(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) This wage is equal to or greater than $70.00 per hour or $145,600 per year.


National OES estimates by SOC major group



May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2004 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped Excel files

Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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