Thursday, April 1, 2021

Healthcare Therapist Employment in the U.S.

Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that, as of May 2020, there were more than 684,000 healthcare therapist jobs in the U.S, excluding mental health professionals and therapy support occupations.  As such, healthcare therapist employment accounted for approximately 8% of the total U.S. employment in all healthcare practitioner and technical occupations. May 2020 BLS data reported the following about healthcare therapist employment in the U.S. (ranked by number employed):

Occupation # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Physical Therapists 220,870 $91,680
2 Speech-Language Pathologists 148,450 $83,240
3 Respiratory Therapists 131,890 $65,640
4 Occupational Therapists 126,610 $87,480
5 Recreational Therapists 20,080 $51,260
6 Radiation Therapists 17,390 $94,300
7 Therapists, all other 11,710 $62,090
8 Exercise Physiologists 7,330 $54,020
All Healthcare Therapy Practitioners 684,330 $82,030
All Practitioner/Technical Occupations 8,579,180 $85,900

Source: BLS Economic News Release, March 31, 2021.

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