Monday, June 10, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Healthcare Social Worker Pay

There were approximately 185,000 healthcare social workers at work in the U.S. as of May 2023 according to reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Healthcare social workers are found in varied healthcare settings, including hospitals, individual family service providers, home healthcare agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient care centers. Healthcare social work professionals generally earn slightly higher salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  Per BLS estimates, as of May 2023, the national mean wage for healthcare social workers was $67,430 per year.  Although healthcare social workers realize modestly better than average pay in comparison to most workers, there is considerable variation from state to state in how much healthcare social workers earn.  Per BLS data, as of May 2023, these were the ten best and worst states for healthcare social worker pay based on annual mean wage levels:

The Best and Worst States for Healthcare Social Worker Pay

Best Paying States
California $93,200
District of Columbia $87,860
New Jersey $82,010
Oregon $81,390
Connecticut $79.360
Rhode Island $75,950
New Hampshire $74,750
Hawaii $73,210
Vermont $72,520
Nevada $70,500

Worst Paying States
Montana $59,210
Arkansas $58,990
West Virginia $58,560
Nebraska $57,840
Tennessee $57,810
Mississippi $55,860
Oklahoma $55,130
Alabama $54,650
Missouri $53,060
South Dakota $51,630

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on June 9, 2024

Sunday, June 9, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Clinical Lab Tech Pay

There were about 334,400 clinical lab techs (technologists and technicians) working in the U.S. as of May 2023 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published reports.  Clinical lab techs work mainly in hospitals and medical diagnostic laboratories, but smaller numbers are also found working in physician offices, at professional education institutions, and with ambulatory health service providers. According to BLS estimates, as of May 2023, the national mean wage for clinical lab techs was $62,870 per year.  Clinical lab tech pay varies widely by state according to the BLS data, from less than $50,000 annually in some states to over $75,000 per year in others.  As of May 2023, based on annual mean wage levels these were the ten best and worst states for clinical lab tech pay:

The Best and Worst States for Clinical Lab Tech Pay

Best Paying States
New York $81,930
Oregon $76,830
Connecticut $76,190
Vermont $75,660
New Hampshire $74,920
California $73,560
Rhode Island $72,200
District of Columbia $71,690
New Jersey $70,800
Washington $70,670

Worst Paying States
South Dakota $56,340
Oklahoma $55,780
Iowa $54,770
South Carolina $54,370
New Mexico $52,660
Utah $52,320
Idaho $51,910
Arkansas $51,590
Alabama $49,700
Mississippi $45,820

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on June 2, 2024