Friday, May 20, 2022

Ten States with the Lowest Homicide Rates

Over 24,500 deaths in the United States in 2020 were attributable to homicides according to data compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC. A closer inspection of that data reveals the states in the table below to be the ten states with the lowest homicide rates in 2020.  This group collectively was home to 9% of the total U.S. population but accounted for only 3.7% of all U.S. homicide deaths in 2020.  At 3.1 deaths per 100,000 population, the collective homicide rate of this group was nearly 59% lower than the national homicide rate in 2020.

Ten States with the Lowest Homicide Rates

** State Deaths Population Death Rate*
41 North Dakota 30 765,309 3.9
42 Oregon 157 4,241,507 3.7
43 Minnesota 198 5,657,342 3.5
44 Iowa 106 3,163,561 3.4
45 Hawaii 46 1,407,006 3.3
46 Utah 95 3,249,879 2.9
47 Massachusetts 183 6,893,574 2.7
48 Rhode Island 29 1,057,125 2.7
49 Idaho 42 1,826,913 2.3
50 Maine 21 1,350,141 1.6
    Sub-total 907 29,612,357 3.1
U.S. 24,576 329,484,123 7.5

(**) death rate ranking from highest to lowest (minimum 20 reported deaths)
(*) number of homicide deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on May 14, 2022

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Medical Records Specialist Pay in New England

The latest occupational employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows more than 180,000 medical records specialists at work in the United States as of May 2021. With just under 7,200 medical records specialists employed as of May 2021, the six-state New England region accounted for about 4% of medical records specialist employment in the U.S.  The region was one of the stronger ones nationally for medical records specialist pay.  Although two New England states ranked in the bottom quartile of all states for medical records specialist annual mean wages, Connecticut and Massachusetts both ranked among the top five states nationally for that pay metric, and those two states were home to over 60% of the region's medical records specialist jobs. From May 2021 BLS data, here is a closer look at medical records specialist pay in New England:

Medical Records Specialist Pay in New England

Medical Records Specialist Pay in New England

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CT 1,230 $57,480 5th
MA 3,160 $58,950 3rd
ME 1,010 $41,120 48th
NH 710 $43,790 39th
RI 600 $51,520 14th
VT 470 $45,090 30th
U.S. 180,570 $48,310 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data accessed on May 14, 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Optometrist Pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

The most recent occupational employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that over 38,700 optometrists were employed in the United States as of May 2021.  At that time, about 5,200 optometrists were employed in the Mid-Eastern U.S., a region that includes five states and the District of Columbia. BLS data shows the region to be a generally strong one for optometrist pay.  Although Delaware ranked among the weakest states in the nation for optometrist annual mean wages, the other four states in the region rated among the fifteen best states in the nation on that pay metric for optometrists. A deeper dive into BLS data from May 2021 reveals the following details about optometrist pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S.:

Optometrist Pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

Optometrist Pay in the Mid-Eastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
DC 80 ------- NR
DE 110 $106,090 45th
MD 630 $144,570 2nd
NJ 660 $132,930 12th
NY 1,620 $137,860 7th
PA 2,090 $131,860 13th
U.S. 38,720 $125,440 -------

(*) 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 14, 2022

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ten States with the Highest Homicide Rates

In 2020, there were more than 24,500 deaths in the United States attributable to homicides according to data compiled by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. A closer examination of that data identifies the states in the table below as being the ten states with the highest homicide rates in 2020.  Collectively, this group held just under 17% of the total U.S. population but accounted for 28% of the country's homicides in 2020.  At 12.6 deaths per 100,000 population, the collective homicide rate of this group was more than two-thirds higher than the national homicide rate in 2020.

Ten States with the Highest Homicide Rates

** State Deaths Population Death Rate*
1 Mississippi 576 2,966,786 19.4
2 Louisiana 873 4,645,318 18.8
3 Alabama 654 4,921,532 13.3
4 Missouri 803 6,151,548 13.1
5 Arkansas 371 3,030,522 12.2
6 South Carolina 622 5,218,040 11.9
7 Tennessee 753 6,886,834 10.9
8 Illinois 1,353 12,587,530 10.7
9 Maryland 649 6,055,802 10.7
10 New Mexico 216 2,106,319 10.3
    Sub-total 6,870 54,570,231 12.6
U.S. 24,576 329,484,123 7.5

(**) death rate ranking from highest to lowest
(*) number of homicide deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on May 14, 2022

Monday, May 16, 2022

Medical Transcriptionist Pay in the U.S. Far West

The latest occupational employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put May 2021 employment numbers for medical transcriptionists at nearly 56,000.  A review of BLS data reveals the Far Western U.S. to be one of the top pay regions in the nation for medical transcriptionists. Every state in the region recorded medical transcriptionist annual mean wage levels that were at or above the national average for the profession. Moreover, the region was home to three of the top 10 states in the nation for medical transcriptionist annual mean wages.  A closer look at BLS data from May 2021 tells us the following about medical transcriptionist pay in the U.S. Far West:

Medical Transcriptionist Pay in the U.S. Far West

Medical Transcriptionist Pay in the U.S. Far West

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 100 $44,730 2nd
CA n/a $34,220 31st
HI 40 $43,230 7th
NV 320 $37,520 18th
OR 1,160 $39,520 12th
WA 740 $43,380 6th
U.S. 55,830 $34,220 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data accessed on May 9, 2022

Sunday, May 15, 2022

MRI Technologist Pay in the Great Plains Region

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) most recent occupational employment data put the number of MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) technologists employed in the United States at more than 38,000 as of May 2021.  At that time, 2,660 MRI technologists were employed in the seven-state Great Plains region according to BLS figures.  In general, the Great Plains region was a rather poor one for MRI technologist pay, as six of the regions' seven states recorded annual mean wage levels that were below the national average for the profession.  A closer look at May 2021 BLS data provides the following details about MRI technologist pay in the Great Plains region:

MRI Technologist Pay in the Great Plains Region

MRI Technologist Pay in the Great Plains Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IA 250 $70,350 32nd
KS 230 $70,360 31st
MN 820 $82,000 14th
MO 900 $70,100 34th
NE 210 $70,680 30th
ND 90 $69,570 38th
SD 160 $59,840 49th
U.S. 38,070 $77,820 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data accessed on May 9, 2022

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Homicide Rates in the Southeastern U.S.

More than 24,500 homicide deaths were recorded in the United States in 2020.  The twelve-state Southeastern U.S. accounted for 8,405 homicide deaths, or slightly more than 34% of total U.S. homicide deaths in 2020.  At 9.8 deaths per 100,000 population, the homicide rate in the Southeastern U.S. was the worst of any region of the country, as nine states in the region recorded a 2020 homicide rate that was above than the national average.  A deeper examination of state-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, provides the following details about homicide rates in the Southeastern U.S.:

Drug Induced Deaths in the Southeastern U.S.

Homicide Rates in the Southeastern U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
AL 654 4,921,532 13.3
AR 371 3,030,522 12.2
FL 1,530 21,733,312 7.0
GA 1,093 10,710,017 10.2
KY 404 4,477,251 9.0
LA 873 4,645,318 18.8
MS 576 2,966,786 19.4
NC 884 10,600,823 8.3
SC 622 5,218,040 11.9
TN 753 6,886,834 10.9
VA 531 8,590,563 6.2
WV 114 1,784,787 6.4
     Region 8,405 85,565,785 9.8
U.S. 24,576 329,484,123 7.5

(*) number of homicide deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on May 9, 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022

Clinical Psychologist Pay in the Great Lakes Region

More than 58,000 clinical psychologists were employed in the United States as of May 2021 according to the latest occupational employment data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Nearly 11,400 individuals living in the five-state Great Lakes region were employed as clinical psychologists at that time.  As such, the Great Lakes region accounted for just under 20% of all clinical psychologist jobs in the nation. BLS data revealed much disparity in pay levels for clinical psychologists employed in the region. While the annual mean wage for clinical psychologists in Illinois and Ohio topped the nation average for the profession, elsewhere in the region annual pay levels were considerably below average.  A further examination of May 2021 BLS data reveals the following state-level details about clinical psychologist pay in the Great Lakes region:

Clinical Psychologist Pay in the Great Lakes Region

Clinical Psychologist Pay in the Great Lakes Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
IL 4,160 $101,090 17th
IN 1,360 $79,250 40th
MI 2,040 $81,940 39th
OH 2,010 $105,460 13th
WI 1,800 $86,750 34th
U.S. 58,100 $99,640 -------

(*) 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 9, 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Medical Records Specialist Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

The most recent occupational employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows in excess of 180,000 medical records specialists working in the United States as of May 2021. With just over 28,100 medical records specialists employed, the four-state Southwestern U.S. accounted for about 15.6% of medical records specialist employment in the United States.  The region was one of the weaker ones nationally for medical records specialist pay, as all four states in the region recorded annual mean wages levels for the profession that were below the national average. From May 2021 BLS data, here is a state level look at medical records specialist pay in the Southwestern U.S.:

Medical Records Specialist Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

Medical Records Specialist Pay in the Southwestern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 4,190 $44,120 36th
NM 1,330 $43,530 43rd
OK 2,050 $44,010 37th
TX 20,540 $44,470 34th
U.S. 180,570 $48,310 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data accessed on May 9, 2022

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Homicide Rates in the Far Western U.S.

In 2020, homicides accounted for over 24,500 deaths in the United States.  In the six-state Far Western U.S., there were 3,165 homicide deaths in 2020, or about 12.9% of all U.S. homicide deaths that year.  At 5.6 deaths per 100,000 population, the Far West's homicide death rate was the third lowest of any region in the country.  Only the Rocky Mountain region and New England had lower homicide rates than did the Far Western region of the country.  Further study of state-level data from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics details the following about homicide rates in the Far Western U.S.:

The Far West's Top Cancer Hospitals

Homicide Rates in the Far Western U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
AK 55 731,158 7.5
CA 2,368 39,368,078 6.0
HI 46 1,407,006 3.3
NV 217 3,138,259 6.9
OR 157 4,241,507 3.7
WA 322 7,693,612 4.2
     Region 3,165 56,579,620 5.6
U.S. 24,576 329,484,123 7.5

(*) number of homicide deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on May 7, 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Surgical Technologist Employment Snapshot for the Top 25 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Surgical Technologist Employment Snapshot: Top 25 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 5,830 $62,540
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 4,510 $67,020
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 2,650 $53,490
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,190 $54,760
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 2,920 $57,340
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 1,150 $63,270
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 1,850 $53,990
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 1,860 $49,600
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 1,530 $55,380
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 1,460 $62,560
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 1,930 $56,950
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 1,460 $80,170
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 880 $58,240
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,810 $48,920
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 1,160 $65,040
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 1,270 $64,540
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 670 $68,010
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,110 $49,010
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 830 $61,660
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 1,310 $52,990
21 St. Louis, MO-IL 600 $49,560
22 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 900 $47,640
23 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia 1,050 $47,640
24 San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,230 $46,130
25 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro 780 $63,440
National 109,060 $53,590

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 25 U.S. Metro areas from 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on May 7, 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

Speech Language Pathologist Employment Snapshot for the Top 25 U.S. Metro Areas

Speech Language Pathologist Employment Snapshot: Top 25 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 13,140 $106,030
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 5,140 $100,530
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 6,140 $85,570
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,090 $82,840
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 2,580 $85,900
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 2,350 $95,910
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 2,980 $90,110
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 1,730 $90,620
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 1,860 $79,050
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 3,160 $90,810
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 1,960 $86,010
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 1,590 $118,260
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,580 $97,680
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,530 $80,370
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 1,550 $93,260
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 2,410 $80,070
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 1,180 $101,150
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,540 $83,840
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 2,210 $93,990
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 1,820 $85,990
21 St. Louis, MO-IL 1,210 $77,870
22 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 1,010 $81,530
23 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia 1,080 $75,870
24 San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,290 $85,150
25 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro 1,100 $89,320
National 147,470 $85,820

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 25 U.S. Metro areas from 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on May 7, 2022

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Homicide Rates in the Southwestern U.S.

Homicides accounted for more than 24,500 deaths in the United States in 2020.  The four-state Southwestern region accounted for 3,295 homicide deaths in 2020, which was about 13.4% of the total number of homicide deaths in the U.S. that year.  At 7.7 deaths per 100,000 population, in 2020 the homicide rate in the Southwestern U.S. was slightly higher than the national homicide rate of 7.5 deaths per 100,000 population.  A closer examination of state-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, provides the following details about homicide rates in the Southwestern U.S.:

Surgical Technologist Pay in the U.S. Southwest


Homicide Rates in the Southwestern U.S.

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
AZ 525 7,421,401 7.1
NM 216 2,106,319 10.3
OK 342 3,980,783 8.6
TX 2,212 29,360,759 7.5
     Region 3,295 42,869,262 7.7
U.S. 24,576 329,484,123 7.5

(*) number of homicide deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on May 4, 2022

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Recreational Therapist Employment Snapshot for the Top 25 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Recreational Therapist Employment Snapshot: Top 25 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 1,420 $63,300
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 560 $61,110
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 360 $57,260
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 330 $60,140
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 210 $61,870
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 300 $58,230
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 360 $54,330
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 230 $49,210
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 330 $52,060
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 300 $55,870
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 150 $53,410
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 160 $74,600
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 200 $75,210
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 310 $50,250
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 210 $60,070
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington n/a $49,250
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 160 $62,270
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 150 $55,970
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 190 $49,050
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 210 $46,220
21 St. Louis, MO-IL 120 $51,030
22 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 100 $54,290
23 Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia 100 $49,360
24 San Antonio-New Braunfels 110 $64,380
25 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro 40 $68,680
National 16,980 $53,900

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 25 U.S. Metro areas from 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on May 2, 2022