Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Top Ranked Children's Hospitals in the Southeast

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of American hospitals, 88 hospitals earned national distinction in at least one of the ten pediatric specialties studied in the survey.  No children's hospitals in the Southeast rated among the top 10 best children's hospitals in the nation. However, twenty-five children's hospitals in the region earned a top 50 national ranking in at least one of the ten pediatric specialties surveyed.  Moreover, ten Southeast children's hospitals earned top 50 national rankings in five or more pediatric specialties. Here's a quick look at these ten Southeast medical institutions and the pediatric specialty areas in which they excel:

Top Ranked Children's Hospitals in the Southeast
Top Ranked Children's Hospitals in the Southeast

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Location: Atlanta
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 10 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#7 Cancer
#26 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#42 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#8 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#8 Nephrology
#11 Neonatology
#12 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#10 Orthopedics
#17 Pulmonology
#19 Urology

Carell Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Location: Nashville, TN
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 10 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#21 Cancer
#33 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#30 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#18 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#40 Nephrology
#17 Neonatology
#28 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#30 Orthopedics
#16 Pulmonology
#5 Urology

Duke Children's Hospital
Location: Durham, NC
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 9 of 10
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#30 Cancer
#31 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#36 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#28 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#22 Nephrology
#21 Neonatology
#33 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#32 Pulmonology
#28 Urology

Children's of Alabama
Location: Birmingham, AL
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 9 of 10
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#27 Cancer
#28 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#41 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#38 Nephrology
#12 Neonatology
#32 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#47 Orthopedics
#29 Pulmonology
#44 Urology

Levine Children's Hospital
Location: Charlotte, NC
Nationally Ranked Pediatric  Specialties: 8 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#36 Cancer
#35 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#23 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#24 Nephrology
#40 Neonatology
#44 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#29 Orthopedics
#39 Pulmonology

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Location: Memphis, TN
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 8 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#13 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#32 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#45 Nephrology
#50 Neonatology
#35 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#34 Orthopedics
#46 Pulmonology
#24 Urology

Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Location:  St. Petersburg, FL
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 8 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#41 Cancer
#33 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#39 Nephrology
#44 Neonatology
#27 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#50 Orthopedics
#47 Pulmonology
#46 Urology

UNC Children's Hospital
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 7 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#46 Cancer
#13 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#45 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#31 Nephrology
#32 Orthopedics
#22 Pulmonology
#35 Urology

Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Location: Miami, FL
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 5 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#46 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#49 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#23 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#36 Orthopedics
#35 Pulmonology

UVA Children's Hospital
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Nationally Ranked Pediatric Specialties: 5 of 10 
Pediatric Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#37 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#40 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#49 Neonatology
#43 Orthopedics
#43 Urology

To find other children's hospitals in the Southeast and elsewhere, visit our U.S. Children's Hospitals resource page.

Monday, October 19, 2020

The 20 Best States for Physical Therapy Assistant Pay

There were about 97,000 physical therapy assistants (PTA) working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Physical therapy assistants work in varied healthcare settings, including offices of non-physician practitioners, hospitals, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and in physician offices.  With some advanced technical skills and training, PTA's generally earn modestly more money than workers in most occupations.  The BLS reported that, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for PTAs was $58,520 per year, a bit more than 9% above the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Per May 2019 BLS data, here were the 20 best states for physical therapy assistant pay:

New Jersey $69,480
Texas $68,680
California $66,150
Connecticut $65,510
Rhode Island $65,480
Massachusetts $64,310
Alaska $63,440
Florida $63,410
Nevada $62,100
Delaware $61,610
New Hampshire $61,520
North Carolina $61,500
Oregon $59,910
Washington $59,730
Kansas $59,570
Ohio $59,410
Virginia $59,340
Arkansas $59,180
Oklahoma $59,180
Illinois $59,130

So where does your state rank for physical therapy assistant pay?

Visit Physical Therapy Assistant Average Wages by State to find out how much PTAs earn in other states.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Dental Assistant Pay

There were just over 351,000 dental assistants working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The vast majority of dental assistants work in dental offices, but small numbers may be found working with employment agencies, in physician offices, and in outpatient care centers. While dental assistants must possess some technical understanding, their duties are generally administrative in nature and do not require the kind of advanced skills or training required of many other healthcare occupations. Dental assistants, on average, earn lower salaries than workers in most other occupations. As of May 2019, the BLS estimated that the national mean wage for dental assistants was $41,170 per year, as compared to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Pay for the profession varies considerably from state-to-state, with dental assistants in some states making 50% more than what their professional peers made elsewhere.  As of May 2019, according to BLS data the ten states with the best annual mean salary for dental assistants were:

Minnesota $52,220
Alaska $49,350
New Hampshire $49,280
Massachusetts $48,770
North Dakota $47,140
Oregon $46,940
Washington $45,640
Rhode Island $44,790
Connecticut $44,710
New Jersey $44,370

At the other end of the spectrum, the bottom ten states for dental assistant pay were:

Hawaii $36,990
Oklahoma $36,970
Kentucky $36,870
Arkansas $35,400
Idaho $34,580
Alabama $33,390
Louisiana $33,300
Mississippi $32,770
Utah $32,740
West Virginia $32,710

So where does your state rank for dental assistant pay?

Check out Dental Assistant Average Wages by State for more information.

Friday, October 16, 2020

The Southwest's Best Children's Hospitals

In the most recent US News and World Report Children's Hospital Rankings for 2020-2021, there were 88 hospitals that earned a top 50 national ranking in at least one of ten pediatric specialties covered in the survey. Three hospitals in the Southwest earned a top 50 national ranking in all ten specialty areas of pediatric care. Here we take a quick look at these three Southwestern children's hospitals and how they fared in the national rankings overall, and in each of the ten pediatric specialty care areas:

The Southwest's Best Children's Hospitals

The Southwest's Best Children's Hospitals


Texas Children's Hospital
Location:  Houston
Top 10 National Ranking Overall?  YES (#4)
Top 50 Pediatric Specialty Rankings:  10 of 10
Cancer:    #4
Cardiology & Heart Surgery:    #1
Diabetes & Endocrinology:    #5
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:   #4
Neonatology:    #10
Nephrology:    #2
Neurology & Neurosurgery:    #2
Orthopedics:    #15
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:    #3
Urology:    #6

Children's Medical Center Dallas
Location:  Dallas
Top 10 National Ranking Overall?  NO
Top 50 Pediatric Specialty Rankings:  10 of 10
Cancer:    #19
Cardiology & Heart Surgery:    #9
Diabetes & Endocrinology:    #15
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:   #7
Neonatology:    #36
Nephrology:    #20
Neurology & Neurosurgery:    #17
Orthopedics:    #5
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:    #25
Urology:    #14

Phoenix Children's Hospital
Location:  Phoenix
Top 10 National Ranking Overall?  NO
Top 50 Pediatric Specialty Rankings:  10 of 10
Cancer:    #35
Cardiology & Heart Surgery:    #27
Diabetes & Endocrinology:    #39
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:   #34
Neonatology:    #20
Nephrology:    #33
Neurology & Neurosurgery:    #29
Orthopedics:    #23
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:    #37
Urology:    #45

To find other children's hospitals in the Southwest and elsewhere, visit our U.S. Children's Hospitals resource page.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Radiologic Tech Pay

There were jsut over 207,000 radiologic techs (technologists and technicians) working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  This occupation includes practitioners who take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials for diagnostic or research purposes. It does not, however, include diagnostic medical sonographers or MRI technologists. Radiologic techs work mainly in hospitals and physician offices, but smaller numbers are also found working in outpatient care centers and medical diagnostic laboratories. Radiologic techs typically earn better salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for radiologic techs was $63,120 per year, in comparison to the $53,490 annual mean wage for workers in all occupations in the U.S.  Radiologic tech pay varies from state-to-state according to the BLS data.  In the best states for radiologic tech pay, practitioners can earn more than $70,000 per year while their peers in other parts of the country make less than $55,000 annually. Per BLS data as of May 2019, the ten states where radiologic techs enjoyed the highest annual mean pay were:

California $86,120
Hawaii $82,680
Massachusetts $78,300
Alaska $76,850
Oregon $75,170
Washington $74,030
Rhode Island $71,870
Nevada $71,460
New York $70,620
Connecticut $69,400

Bringing up the rear for radiologic tech annual mean pay were these ten states:

Pennsylvania $53,860
South Dakota $53,210
Iowa $52,770
Kentucky $52,690
Louisiana $52,090
Tennessee $52,080
West Virginia $51,880
Arkansas $49,770
Mississippi $47,660
Alabama $47,290

So where does your state rank for radiologic tech pay?

Visit  Radiologic Tech Average Wages by State for more information.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Clinical Lab Tech Pay

There were about 326,000 clinical lab techs (technologists and technicians) working in the U.S. as of May 2019 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, in professional education institutions and with ambulatory health service providers. Clinical lab techs typically earn slightly better salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for clinical lab techs was $54,780 per year, slimly ahead of the $53,490 annual mean wage for workers in all occupations in the U.S.  Clinical lab tech pay varies widely from state-to-state according to the BLS data.  As of May 2019, here were the ten states where clinical lab techs enjoyed the highest annual mean pay:

Alaska $72,690
Rhode Island $68,000
Connecticut $67,900
New York $65,560
Oregon $64,880
New Jersey $64,540
California $62,890
New Hampshire $62,190
Delaware $62,050
Nevada $61,740

At the other end of the spectrum, the bottom ten states for clinical lab tech annual mean pay were:

South Dakota $48,820
Iowa $48,520
Kansas $48,350
Idaho $48,250
Louisiana $48,230
Indiana $47,650
Oklahoma $47,580
Alabama $46,400
Mississippi $46,270
Arkansas $44,100

So where does your state rank for clinical lab tech pay?

Visit  Clinical Lab Tech Average Wages by State for more information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Southeast

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of American hospitals, 134 hospitals earned national distinction in at least one of the 16 adult specialties studied in the survey.  No teaching hospitals in the Southeast rated among the top 20 best hospitals in the nation. However, eighteen teaching hospitals in the region earned a top 50 national ranking in at least one of the 16 adult specialties surveyed, and seven Southeast teaching hospitals earned top 50 national rankings in five or more adult specialties. Here's a quick look at these seven Southeast medical institutions and the specialty areas in which they excel:

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Southeast
Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Southeast

Duke University Medical Center
Location: Durham, NC
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties: 11 of 16
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#7 Ophthalmology
#13 Rheumatology
#19 Nephrology
#22 Orthopedics
#26 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#29 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#32 Pulmonology
#34 Urology
#35 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#41 Cancer
#47 Diabetes & Endocrinology

UF Health Shands Hospital
Location: Gainesville, FL
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties: 9 of 16 
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#17 Urology
#25 Ear, Nose and Throat
#33 Cancer
#33 Geriatrics
#33 Nephrology
#34 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#37 Pulmonology
#45 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#45 Orthopedics

Emory University Hospital
Location: Atlanta, GA
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties: 8 of 16 
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#14 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#20 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#22 Geriatrics
#28 Nephrology
#32 Urology
#40 Cancer
#45 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#46 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

UAB Hospital
Location: Birmingham, AL
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties: 8 of 16 
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#10 Rheumatology
#15 Gynecology
#22 Ear, Nose and Throat
#24 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#25 Cancer
#25 Pulmonology
#29 Nephrology
#49 Geriatrics

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, TN
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties: 7 of 16 
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#10 Ear, Nose and Throat
#10 Nephrology
#14 Urology
#26 Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#28 Pulmonology
#43 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#43 Gynecology

Mayo Clinic Hospital
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties: 7 of 16 
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#25 Neurology & Neurosurgery
#28 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#33 Geriatrics
#39 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#41 Urology
#45 Cancer
#45 Gynecology

Tampa General Hospital
Location: Tampa, FL
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties: 5 of 16 
Adult Specialties Ranked in Top 50 Nationally:
#19 Orthopedics
#24 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#36 Diabetes & Endocrinology
#44 Nephrology
#50 Cardiology & Heart Surgery

To find other teaching hospitals in the Southeast and elsewhere, visit our U.S. Teaching Hospitals resource page.

Monday, October 12, 2020

New England's Top Ranked Children's Hospitals

According to the most recent US News and World Report Children's Hospital Rankings for 2020-2021, there were 88 hospitals that earned a top 50 national ranking in at least one of ten pediatric specialties covered in the survey. Four New England hospitals were among the select group of children's hospitals that earned such distinction, including the top rated children's hospital in the country. Here we take a quick look at these four New England institutions and how they fared in the national rankings:

New England's Top Ranked Children's Hospitals

New England's Top Ranked Children's Hospitals

Boston Children's Hospital
Location:  Boston
Top 10 National Ranking Overall?  YES (#1)
Top 50 Pediatric Specialty Rankings:  10 of 10
Cancer:    #2
Cardiology & Heart Surgery:    #4
Diabetes & Endocrinology:    #2
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:   #2
Neonatology:    #6
Nephrology:    #1
Neurology & Neurosurgery:    #1
Orthopedics:    #2
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:    #1
Urology:    #1

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital
Location:  New Haven, CT
Top 10 National Ranking Overall?  NO
Top 50 Pediatric Specialty Rankings:  7 of 10
Cancer:    #50
Diabetes & Endocrinology:   #6
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:    #37
Neonatology:   #24
Nephrology:    #29
Neurology & Neurosurgery:    #45
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:    #43

MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Location:  Boston
Top 10 National Ranking Overall?  NO
Top 50 Pediatric Specialty Rankings:  5 of 10
Diabetes & Endocrinology:    #28
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:    #25
Neonatology:    #42
Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:    #23
Urology:    #47

Connecticut Children's Medical Center
Location:  Hartford, CT
Top 10 National Ranking Overall?  NO
Top 50 Pediatric Specialty Rankings:  4 of 10
Diabetes & Endocrinology:   #36
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:    #48
Neonatology:    #42
Urology:    #39

To find other children's hospitals in New England and elsewhere, visit our U.S. Children's Hospitals resource page.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Pharmacy Technician Pay

There were about 418,000 pharmacy technicians working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Pharmacy technicians work in varied settings, including health and personal care stores, hospitals, food and general merchandise stores with pharmacy services, and other businesses involved in the distribution of pharmacy products. Pharmacy technicians typically earn lower salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for pharmacy technicians was $35,250 per year, as compared to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Pharmacy technician pay varies considerably from state-to-state.  Per BLS data, as of May 2019 these were the ten states where pharmacy technicians enjoyed the highest annual mean pay:

California $45,200
Alaska $44,280
Washington $43,910
Oregon $42,160
Hawaii $41,880
North Dakota $39,770
Minnesota $38,330
Nevada $38,150
Colorado $38,000
Wyoming $37,980

The bottom ten states for pharmacy technician pay were:

North Carolina $32,600
Indiana $32,410
Oklahoma $31,940
Georgia $31,360
Ohio $31,360
Pennsylvania $31,130
Arkansas $30,930
Alabama $30,830
West Virginia $30,380
Kentucky $30,040

So where does your state rank for pharmacy technician pay?

Check out Pharmacy Technician Average Wages by State for more information.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Healthcare Social Worker Pay

There were approximately 175,000 healthcare social workers at work in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Healthcare social workers are found in varied healthcare settings, including with hospitals, individual family services providers, home health care 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 2019, the national mean wage for healthcare social workers was $59,300 per year, modestly ahead of the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  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 2019 these were the ten states where healthcare social workers attain the highest average pay:

California $79,620
Oregon $74,050
Connecticut $72,980
Nevada $72,640
Hawaii $71,260
Alaska $65,020
New Hampshire $64,680
New Jersey $64,150
Utah $63,280
Washington $62,990
Massachusetts $61,650

At the other end of the table, here were the bottom ten states for healthcare social worker pay:

Montana $50,740
West Virginia $50,650
Arkansas $50,480
Kentucky $49,770
Nebraska $49,280
Tennessee $48,280
Mississippi $47,460
Missouri $47,380
Alabama $47,190
South Dakota $44,060

So where does your state rank for healthcare social worker pay?

Visit Healthcare Social Worker Average Wages by State for further information.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Best Cancer Care Hospitals in the Far West

Almost 900 hospitals were examined for their effectiveness and proficiency at providing cancer care to adult patients in the 20-21 U.S. News & World Report ratings of American hospitals,.  In the U.S. News study, hospitals were graded on various metrics related to adult cancer patient outcomes and experience, the scale and scope of their cancer care services, and the level of professional recognition they have garnered within the broader adult cancer care community.  Among the top 50 ranked U.S. hospitals for adult cancer care in 20-21, nine are based in the Far West region of the country, including three of the top 10 highest rated adult cancer care hospitals in the nation. Moreover, with nine hospitals making the list, only one other region of the country, the five state Mid-East region, had more top 50 adult cancer care hospitals than did the Far West. Here's a brief look at these nine Far West region medical institutions and where they rank nationally for adult cancer care:

The Best Cancer Care Hospitals in the Far West
The Best Cancer Care Hospitals in the Far West

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Location:  Los Angeles 
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #7

Location:  Seattle, WA
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #9

UCSF Medical Center
Location:  San Francisco
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #10

UCLA Medical Center
Location:  Los Angeles
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #13

Location:  Duarte, CA
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #15 (tie)

Stanford Hospital
Location:  Stanford, CA
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #21 (tie)

Keck Hospital of USC
Location:  Los Angeles
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #26

Location: Sacramento, CA
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #36

Location: San Diego
National Rank in Adult Cancer Care:  #47

For a deeper dive into the metrics used to score adult cancer care hospitals in the 20-21 U.S. News survey, or to find the cancer care rating of other Far West region hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Adult Cancer Care

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Nurse Practitioner Pay

There were approximately 200,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  NPs work in varied healthcare settings, including physician offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, educational institutions and the offices on other types of healthcare practitioners. Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced training and skills, nurse practitioners usually earn higher salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  Per BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for NPs was $111,840 per year, in comparison to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  While nurse practitioners realize better than average pay, there is considerable variation from state-to-state in how much NPs earn.  Per BLS data, as of May 2019 these were the ten states where nurse practitioners attain the highest average pay:

California $138,660
Washington $126,920
Hawaii $124,000
New Jersey $123,810
Minnesota $122,850
New York $122,550
Massachusetts $122,240
Wyoming $118,110
Nevada $115,970
Alaska $115,890

At the other end of the table, here were the bottom ten states for NP pay:

Ohio $103,780
West Virginia $103,170
South Dakota $102,230
Pennsylvania $101,950
Florida $101,510
South Carolina $100,680
Kansas $100,550
Alabama $99,570
Kentucky $99,560
Tennessee $96,510

So where does your state rank for nurse practitioner pay?

Visit Nurse Practitioner Average Wages by State for further information.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Dental Hygienist Pay

There were approximately 221,000 dental hygienists working in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.  Most dental hygienists work in dental offices, but small numbers may be found working with employment agencies, in physician offices, and in outpatient care centers. Like many other trained healthcare professionals with advanced technical skills, dental hygienists earn salaries and wages in excess of that earned by workers in most other occupations. Per BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for dental hygienists was $77,230 annually, in comparison to the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state-to-state, with dental hygienists in some states making double what their counterparts made elsewhere.  As of May 2019, according to BLS data the ten states with the best annual mean salary and wages for dental hygienists were:

Alaska $114,790
California $106,240
Washington $93,200
New Jersey $87,270
Oregon $87,270
Maryland $86,940
Colorado $86,140
Nevada $85,560
Arizona $84,300
Massachusetts $84,280

At the other end of the spectrum, here were the bottom ten states for dental hygienist pay:

Nebraska $66,380
Florida $66,170
Louisiana $65,960
Michigan $65,610
Georgia $65,590
South Carolina $63,710
Kentucky $61,090
West Virginia $60,340
Mississippi $56,150
Alabama $48,090

So where does your state rank for dental hygienists pay?

Check out Dental Hygienist Average Wages by State for more information.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Top Cardiology Care Hospitals in New England

In the most recent (20-21) U.S. News & World Report rankings of American hospitals, just under 600 hospitals were evaluated for their proficiency and effectiveness in delivering adult cardiology care to patients.  In this study, hospitals were graded on various metrics related to their patient experience and outcomes, the size of their adult cardiology programs, and the level of distinction earned by these hospitals among professionals in the adult cardiology care community.  Among the top 50 rated U.S. hospitals for adult cardiology care in 20-21, only two were based in New England.  That said, both were rated in the top 10 nationally, making New England one of only four regions of the country with at least two hospitals rated in the top 10 nationally for adult cardiology care.  These two New England medical institutions, and where they rank nationally for adult cardiology care, were:


The Top Cardiology Care Hospitals in New England

The Top Cardiology Care Hospitals in New England

Massachusetts General Hospital
Location:  Boston
National Rank in Adult Cardiology Care and Heart Surgery:  #5

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Location:  Boston
National Rank in Adult Cardiology Care and Heart Surgery:  #7 (tie)

For a closer look at the metrics used to grade adult cardiology and heart surgery hospitals in the 20-21 U.S. News survey, or to find the cardiology care rating of other New England region hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Adult Cardiology Care and Heart Surgery.

Friday, October 2, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Nursing Assistant Pay

Nursing assistants work in varied healthcare settings, including skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, and other individual and family service environments.  As of May 2019,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that approximately 1,420,000 nursing assistants were employed in the the U.S., making it one of the largest healthcare occupations.  The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for nursing assistants was $30,720 per year, in comparison to a $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  From state-to-state there was considerable disparity in nursing assistant mean annual wages, with nursing assistants in some regions of the country earning 60% or more than their counterparts elsewhere.  Per BLS data of May 2019, the ten states where nursing assistants earned the best annual mean wages were:

Alaska $40,320
New York $38,810
Hawaii $37,710
California $36,630
Minnesota $35,150
Massachusetts $35,040
Nevada $34,890
Oregon $34,780
Connecticut $34,360
North Dakota $34,320

At the other end of the spectrum, nursing assistant pay was the lowest in these ten states:

Tennessee $27,250
West Virginia $26,900
South Carolina $26,560
North Carolina $26,540
Missouri $26,490
Oklahoma $26,030
Arkansas $25,950
Alabama $24,590
Mississippi $23,980
Louisiana $23,340

So where does your state rank for nursing assistant pay?

Refer to Nursing Assistant Average Wages by State for additional information.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Medical Assistant Pay

Medical assistants work in varied healthcare settings, including physician offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, offices of other types of healthcare practitioners and assisted living facilities.  As of May 2019,  the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that nearly 712,000 medical assistants were employed in the the U.S.  The BLS further estimated that, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for medical assistants was $35,720 per year, which compared to a $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  From state-to-state there was considerable variation in medical assistant mean annual wages, with medical assistants in some regions of the country earning 50% or more than their counterparts elsewhere.  Per BLS data of May 2019, the ten states where medical assistants earned the highest annual mean wages were:

Alaska $45,630
Washington $43,760
Massachusetts $41,780
Minnesota $41,710
Connecticut $40,440
California $40,120
Oregon $39,790
Hawaii $39,620
New York $38,590
Colorado $37,410

Bringing up the rear for medical assistant pay were these ten states:

South Carolina $32,470
Oklahoma $31,610
New Mexico $31,570
Kansas $31,450
South Dakota $31,130
Arkansas $30,950
Mississippi $30,690
Louisiana $30,070
Alabama $29,220
West Virginia $28,710

So where does your state rank for medical assistant pay?

Refer to Medical Assistant Average Wages by State for additional information.