Monday, January 17, 2022

Physician Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most recent occupational employment data put physician assistant (PA) employment in the U.S. at just over 125,000 as of May 2020.  The twelve-state Southeastern U.S. was home to more than 29,200 of those physician assistants according to the BLS data.  BLS data revealed the region to be the worst in the nation for physician assistant pay levels.  The annual mean wage level for physician assistants failed to top the national average in any Southeastern state.  Moreover, eight Southeastern states ranked among the ten states in the country with the lowest physician assistant annual mean wage levels.  A further examination of BLS data from May 2020 revealed the following about physician assistant pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Physician Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Physician Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 680 $88,500 49th
AR 580 $101,740 45th
FL 7,310 $108,820 37th
GA 5,080 $104,230 42nd
KY 1,070 $79,390 51st
LA 1,070 $93,770 48th
MS 290 $85,380 50th
NC 6,140 $112,510 29th
SC 1,530 $103,150 43rd
TN 2,080 $101,640 46th
VA 2,490 $108,040 39th
WV 920 $113,770 27th
U.S. 125,280 $116,080 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 24, 2021

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Great Lakes Region's Mental Health Care Shortage

A facility, geographic area, or population group where residents have impaired access to basic mental health care can be designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a mental health HPSA (health professional shortage area). This designation indicates too few mental health care practitioners serve the area relative to the size of the population.  The HPSA designation can be based on an HPSA's population relative to either (a) the number of psychiatrists, or (b) the combined number of psychiatrists and certain other mental health care practitioners (clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, etc.) that serve the setting or area. Most HRSA mental health care shortage designations are based currently on population size relative to the number of psychiatrists that serve a community.  As of December 31, 2021, the HRSA reports that more than 136.5 million Americans lived in a mental health care shortage area.

As of December 31, 2021, the five-state Great Lakes region accounted for about 17.5% of the U.S. population who lived in mental health care shortage areas.  To eliminate the shortage, the HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the Great Lakes region would need 1,044 additional mental health care providers.  The provider deficit in the region accounted for about 15.2% of the overall national shortage of mental health care providers.  A state-level examination of HRSA data reveals the following about the Great Lakes region's mental health care shortage:

The Great Lakes Region's Mental Health Care Shortage

The Great Lakes Region's Mental Health Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
IL 212 9,186,134 399
IN 88 5,367,916 221
MI 248 4,253,792 192
OH 120 2,827,421 128
WI 127 2,226,136 104
Region 795 23,861,399 1,044
U.S. 6,078 136,575,592 6,851

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a mental health care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Mental Health Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

The Far West's Dental Care Shortage

December 31, 2021, reports available from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) indicated that over 64.2 million Americans resided in areas designated as dental health professional shortage areas (HPSA).  A dental health HPSA is a population group, geographic area, or facility where residents have poor access to basic dental care because too few dentists serve the area relative to the population of the HPSA.  HPSAs in the six-state Far Western U.S. accounted for 12% of the U.S. population who lived in dental care shortage areas.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the Far West would need 1,216 more dentists in order to eliminate the dental care shortage in the region.  This dental care shortfall represented about 10.9% of the nation's dentist shortage.  Here is a summary look at the Far West's dental care shortage:

The Far West's Dental Care Shortage
The Far West's Dental Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
AK 307 162,238 29
CA 501 1,993,173 362
HI 33 266,331 40
NV 66 866,096 155
OR 150 1,696,303 287
WA 185 2,717,861 343
Region 1,242 7,702,002 1,216
U.S. 6,803 64,236,250 11,181

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a dental care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Dental Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Chiropractor Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

According to the most recent occupational employment data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2020, just over 34,700 chiropractors were employed in the United States.  About 3,900 of those employed as chiropractors lived in the four-state Southwestern U.S.  For chiropractors, pay levels in the Southwest were generally good, but there was wide variation in the region.  About 79% of the region's chiropractors lived in a state where the annual mean wage for chiropractors topped the national average.  This included Oklahoma, which ranked as one of the five best states in the nation for chiropractor annual mean wages.  At the other end of the spectrum was New Mexico, home to less than 4% of the Southwest's chiropractors, which ranked as one of the five worst states in the nation for chiropractor annual mean wages.  Further examination of BLS data from May 2020 shows the following details about chiropractor pay in the Southwestern U.S.:

Chiropractor Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Chiropractor Pay in the Southwestern U.S.


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 660 $74,710 34th
NM 140 $58,090 47th
OK 450 $105,170 3rd
TX 2,660 $87,000 18th
U.S. 34,760 $83,830 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 21, 2021

Friday, January 14, 2022

Health Services Management Pay in the Far Western U.S.

The U.S. had more than 402,000 health service management jobs as of May 2020 according to the latest occupational employment data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  As of May 2020, over 58,700 health services managers were working in the six-state Far West region of the country.  BLS data revealed the region to be one of the best in the nation for health services management pay.  Every state in the region had an annual mean wage level for health service managers that exceeded the national average.  Moreover, 85% of the region's health service managers lived in the three Far West states that ranked among the ten best states in the nation for health service management annual mean wage levels.  A deeper look at May 2020 BLS data revealed the following details about health services management pay in the Far Western U.S.:

Health Services Management Pay in the Far Western U.S.

Health Services Management Pay in the Far Western U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 1,070 $122,430 18th
CA 42,200 $138,030 4th
HI 1,650 $139,650 3rd
NV 2,700 $121,420 20th
OR 4,710 $129,710 11th
WA 6,450 $132,620 6th
U.S. 402,540 $118,800 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 21, 2021

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Southwest's Primary Care Shortage

A population group, geographic area, or facility where residents have diminished access to basic medical care because there are too few primary care physicians relative to the population size of that setting can be designated a primary care health professional shortage area (HPSA) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  As of December 31, 2021, HRSA data showed that more than 86.4 million Americans lived in primary care HPSAs.  The four-state Southwest region was home to nearly 13.2 million people who lived in a primary care HPSA.  The HRSA estimates that to eliminate this primary care shortage, Southwest HPSAs would need over 2,200 more primary care physicians.  As such, the Southwestern U.S. accounted for about 14.6% of the national shortage of primary care physicians.  A closer review of 12/31/21 HRSA data reveals the following about the Southwest's primary care shortage:

The Southwest's Primary Care Shortage

The Southwest's Primary Care Shortage


State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
AZ 238 3,185,244 653
NM 108 1,194,945 278
OK 185 1,416,044 289
TX 429 7,381,169 991
Region 960 13,177,402 2,211
U.S. 7,613 86,473,101 15,184

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a primary care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Primary Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

The Southeast's Mental Health Care Shortage

A population group, facility or geographic area where access to mental health care providers is poor can be designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a health professional shortage area (HPSA) for mental health care services. This designation can be based on the size of the HPSA's population relative to either (a) the number of psychiatrists, or (b) the combined number of psychiatrists and certain other mental health care practitioners (clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, etc.) that serve the community. Currently, most HRSA mental health care shortage designations are based on population size relative to the number of psychiatrists.  As of December 31, 2021, more than 136.6 million Americans lived in a mental health care shortage area according to HRSA data.

The twelve-state Southeast region accounted for about 28.2% of the U.S. population who lived in mental health care shortage areas as of December 31, 2021.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the Southeast would need over 2,100 more mental health care providers in order to eliminate that shortage. The Southeast's shortage of mental health providers thus represented about 30.7% of the nation's mental health care provider shortage.  A closer study of December 31, 2021, HRSA data reveals the following about the Southeast's mental health care shortage:


The Southeast's Mental Health Care Shortage
The Southeast's Mental Health Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
AL 61 2,927,845 156
AR 54 1,193,989 69
FL 210 6,416,363 384
GA 93 6,029,369 217
KY 115 2,903,930 166
LA 157 3,409,679 152
MS 83 3,189,681 197
NC 198 3,607,900 202
SC 70 2,249,599 105
TN 70 3,154,955 247
VA 93 2,590,261 119
WV 106 788,500 90
Region 1,310 38,462,071 2,104
U.S. 6,078 136,575,592 6,851

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a mental health care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Mental Health Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Surgical Technologist Pay in the Great Lakes Region

The latest occupational employment data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed that more than 107,000 people were employed as surgical technologists in the United States as of May 2020. With nearly 16,900 surgical technologists employed, the Great Lakes region accounted for 15.7% of U.S. surgical technologist employment. Per BLS data, the region was a modestly weak one for surgical technologist pay, as only one state, Wisconsin, had an annual mean wage level for surgical technologists that topped the national average.  Moreover, more than 23% of the surgical technologists in the region lived in Michigan, where the annual mean wage level was nearly 11% below the national average.  From May 2020 BLS data, here is a summary look at surgical technologist pay in the Great Lakes region:

Surgical Technologist Pay in the Great Lakes Region

Surgical Technologist Pay in the Great Lakes Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IL 3,750 $50,770 22nd
IN 2,800 $49,380 26th
MI 3,970 $45,910 37th
OH 3,760 $49,280 27th
WI 2,580 $56,910 13th
U.S. 107,400 $51,510 -------

(*) 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 7, 2021

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Massage Therapist Pay in the Great Plains Region

The most recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occupational employment dataset indicates that, as of May 2020, over 85,000 massage therapists were employed in the United States.  Over 4,100 of those massage therapy jobs were in the seven-state Great Plains region of the country.  An examination of BLS data reveals the Great Plains to be a region of much disparity for massage therapist (MT) pay.  About 40% of the region's massage therapists were employed in Minnesota or Nebraska, two states that ranked among the top ten in the nation for MT annual mean wages.  However, at the same time nearly 57% of massage therapists in the region were employed in one of four Great Plains states that ranked among states in the bottom third nationally for MT annual mean wages.  A closer examination of May 2020 BLS data shows us the following about massage therapist pay in the Great Plains region:

Massage Therapist Pay in the Great Plains Region
Massage Therapist Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 570 $40,720 39th
KS 340 $41,480 37th
MN 1,470 $53,060 10th
MO 1,270 $40,930 38th
NE 180 $55,160 8th
ND 140 $42,890 32nd
SD 150 $32,630 48th
U.S. 85,040 $47,350 -------

(*) 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 5, 2021

Monday, January 10, 2022

The Rocky Mountain Region's Dental Care Shortage

December 31, 2021, data released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reported that about 64.2 million Americans resided in settings or communities designated as a dental health professional shortage area (HPSA).  A dental health HPSA is a facility, population group, or geographic area where dental care access is lacking because too few dentists serve the area relative to the population size of the HPSA.  HPSAs in the five-state Rocky Mountain region accounted for approximately 4.3% of the U.S. population who lived in dental care shortage areas.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the five Rocky Mountain states would need 342 additional dentists to eliminate the dental care shortage in the region.  This shortfall represented just over 3.0% of the nation's dental care shortage.  Here is a state-level look at the Rocky Mountain region's dental care shortage:

The Rocky Mountain Region's Dental Care Shortage

The Rocky Mountain Region's Dental Care Shortage


State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
CO 99 1,146,685 140
ID 99 512,766 67
MT 129 354,148 50
UT 63 707,273 77
WY 30 49,008 8
Region 420 2,769,880 342
U.S. 6,803 64,236,250 11,181

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a dental care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Dental Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

New England's Primary Care Shortage

A geographic area, facility or population group where residents have impaired access to basic medical care because the setting or area has too few primary care physicians relative to its population size can be designated a health professional shortage area (HPSA) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  As of December 31, 2021, more than 86.4 million Americans lived in areas or settings designated by the HRSA as primary care HPSAs.  The six New England states were home to 1.382 million people who lived in a primary care HPSA, accounting for just under 1.6% of Americans who lived in primary care shortage areas.  The HRSA estimates that to eliminate this primary care shortage, New England HPSAs would need 226 more primary care physicians.  As such, New England accounted for about 1.5% of the national shortage of primary care physicians.  A closer study of 12/31/21 HRSA data reveals the following about New England's primary care shortage:

New England's Primary Care Shortage

New England's Primary Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
CT 43 431,866 61
MA 65 514,225 108
ME 75 108,689 20
NH 30 161,953 18
RI 13 151,748 17
VT 15 13,902 2
Region 241 1,382,383 226
U.S. 7,613 86,473,101 15,184

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a primary care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Primary Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Speech Language Pathologist Pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic's (BLS) most current occupational employment statistical data reported nearly 148,500 speech language pathologists (SLPs) working in the United States as of May 2020.  More than 27,500 of those employed as speech language pathologists in the U.S. resided in the Mid-Eastern U.S., a region which includes five states and the District of Columbia.  BLS data reveals the Mid-Eastern U.S. as one of the very best regions of the country for speech language pathologist pay, as the SLP annual mean wage level in the District of Columbia and four states topped the national average. Moreover, two Mid-Eastern states and the District of Columbia ranked among the five best states in the nation for SLP annual mean wages.  A closer look at BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about speech language pathologist pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S. region:

Speech Language Pathologist Pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

Speech Language Pathologist Pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
DC 450 $101,920 1st
DE 690 $84,840 12th
MD 2,580 $84,510 13th
NJ 5,020 $100,330 3rd
NY 12,950 $98,010 4th
PA 5,830 $82,270 16th
U.S. 148,450 $83,240 -------

(*) 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, 2021

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Recreational Therapist Pay in New England

The most current occupational employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put recreational therapist employment in the United States at more than 20,000 as of May 2020.  The six-state New England region only accounted for a bit more than 1,200 of those recreational therapist jobs.  BLS data shows the region to be a generally strong one for recreational therapist pay. Per BLS data, more than 90% of the region's recreational therapists lived in one of three New England states that ranked among the ten best states in the nation for recreational therapist annual mean wages.  A closer review of May 2020 BLS data reveals the following details about recreational therapist pay in New England:

Recreational Therapist Pay in New England

Recreational Therapist Pay in New England

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CT 320 $61,570 3rd
MA 800 $52,390 10th
ME 30 $49,180 20th
NH 50 $54,020 8th
RI N/A N/A N/A
VT 40 $43,870 41st
U.S. 20,080 $51,260 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 29, 2021

Friday, January 7, 2022

The Great Plains Region's Mental Health Care Shortage

A facility, geographic area, or population group that has poor access to mental health care services can be designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a health professional shortage area (HPSA).  A mental health care shortage designation can be based on either (a) the size of the HPSA population relative to the number of psychiatrists that serve the community, or (b) the size of the HPSA population relative to the combined number of psychiatrists and certain other mental health practitioners (clinical social workers, clinical psychologists, etc.) who service the HPSA. Per the HRSA, most mental health care shortage designations are currently based on an HPSA's population relative to the number of psychiatrists that serve the setting or community.  As of December 31, 2021, more than 136.5 million Americans lived in mental health HPSAs according to the HRSA.

The seven-state Great Plains region was home to 6.7% of the U.S. population who lived in mental health care HPSAs as of December 31, 2021.  The HRSA estimates that Great Plains region HPSAs would need 410 additional mental health care providers to eliminate the shortage in the region.  As such, HPSAs in the Great Plains region accounted for about 6.0% of the total national shortfall in mental health care providers.  A further examination of HRSA data reveals the following state-level details about the Great Plains region's mental health care shortage:

The Great Plains Region's Mental Health Care Shortage
The Great Plains Region's Mental Health Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
IA 95 1,811,002 58
KS 123 1,366,146 54
MN 120 2,092,098 81
MO 252 1,836,532 140
NE 80 1,053,939 27
ND 71 308,352 16
SD 59 658,742 34
Region 800 9,126,811 410
U.S. 6,078 136,575,592 6,851

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a mental health care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Mental Health Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

The Mid-Eastern U.S. Dental Care Shortage

Based on December 31, 2021, data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), almost 64.2 million Americans lived in settings or areas designated as a dental health professional shortage area (HPSA).  A dental health HPSA is a population group, geographic area, or facility where access to dental care is subpar because it has an inadequate number of dentists relative to the size of the HPSA population.  In the Mid-Eastern region of the U.S., which encompasses five states and the District of Columbia, HPSAs accounted for about 11% of all Americans who lived in a dental care shortage area.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the Mid-Eastern region would need 1,321 more dentists to eliminate the dental care shortage in the region.  This deficit represented about 11.8% of the national dental care shortage.  Here is a summary look at the Mid-Eastern U.S. dental care shortage:

The Mid-Eastern U.S. Dental Care Shortage

The Mid-Eastern U.S. Dental Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
DC 12 82,914 21
DE 13 381,534 97
MD 49 1,568,874 226
NJ 35 40,876 18
NY 133 3,135,955 650
PA 158 1,880,868 309
Region 400 7,091,021 1,321
U.S. 6,803 64,236,250 11,181

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group and Facility HPSAs with a dental care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Dental Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/21 (HRSA)

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

The latest occupational employment data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported there being nearly 93,000 physical therapy (PT) assistants at work in the United States as of May 2020.  Only about 3,300 of those PT assistants worked in the five-state Rocky Mountain region. BLS data shows the region to be one of the weakest ones nationally for physical therapy assistant pay.  No state in the region had an annual mean wage for PT assistants that beat the national average, and two Rocky Mountain states ranked among the ten states in the nation with the lowest annual mean wage level for physical therapy assistants.  Diving deeper into BLS data from May 2020 produces the following details about physical therapy assistant pay in the Rocky Mountain region:

Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

Physical Therapy Assistant Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CO 1,360 $55,810 31st
ID 700 $50,080 46th
MT 320 $56,060 30th
UT 720 $52,080 43rd
WY 180 $55,440 32nd
U.S. 92,740 $59,440 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 29, 2021

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Dental Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

The most recent occupational employment statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that, as of May 2020, there were more than 312,000 dental assistants employed in the United States.  More than 73,600 dental assistants working in May 2020 lived in the twelve-state Southeastern U.S. region.  BLS data reveals the Southeast to be one of the weakest regions of the country for dental assistant pay.  Dental assistants in only two Southeastern states earned an average annual mean wage that exceeded the national average.  Moreover, five states in the region ranked among the ten worst states in the nation for dental assistant annual mean wages, and two other Southeastern states ranked in the bottom third.  A deeper examination of May 2020 BLS data details the following about dental assistant pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Dental Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S
Dental Assistant Pay in the Southeastern U.S

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 3,170 $33,510 49th
AR 2,610 $36,480 45th
FL 20,690 $41,170 25th
GA 8,150 $40,990 27th
KY 4,100 $37,740 41st
LA 4,610 $34,600 48th
MS 2,280 $31,930 51st
NC 9,260 $44,440 17th
SC 4,580 $41,010 26th
TN 5,240 $39,170 37th
VA 7,850 $44,690 15th
WV 1,080 $32,240 50th
U.S. 312,140 $42,310 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 26, 2021