Monday, September 26, 2022

General Dentist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets

There were approximately 108,700 general dentists working in the U.S. as of May 2021 according to reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Most general dentists are employed in dental offices, with smaller numbers found working in physician offices, outpatient care centers, hospitals and state government entities. Like many other highly-educated health professionals with advanced technical skills, general dentists earn higher salaries than workers in most other occupations. According to BLS estimates, as of May 2021, the national mean wage for general dentists was $167,160 annually. Pay for general dentists varies widely from region to region, with practitioners in some regions making 50% or more of what their counterparts earn elsewhere. This variation is easily seen in BLS data from May 2021, which shows the following about general dentist pay in the top 20 metropolitan markets in the U.S.:

General Dentist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 7,110 $182,190
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim n/a $151,540
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 3,140 $134,770
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,520 $146,710
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,040 $159,970
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 3,260 $174,000
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 2,240 $189,220
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 3,120 $147,440
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 1,400 $169,090
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 2,220 $178,360
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 1,310 $182,530
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 2,250 $181,700
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,590 $165,050
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,540 $185,850
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 1,410 $173,990
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 1,290 $189,740
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 1,660 $139,000
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,120 $157,770
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 1,280 $125,590
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 1,080 $167,700
National 108,680 $167,160

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 20 U.S. Metro areas from the 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on September 21, 2022

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Registered Nurse Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

There were approximately 3,047,500 registered nurses (RNs) working in the U.S. as of May 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The majority of registered nurses work in hospitals, with smaller numbers employed in physician offices, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient care centers. Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced education and skills, RNs usually earn higher salaries than workers in most other occupations.  Per BLS estimates, as of May 2021, the national mean wage for registered nurses was $82,750 per year.  While registered nurses earn better than average pay, there is much variation from region to region in how much registered nurses earn.  This variation is readily evident from BLS data of May 2021, which shows the following about registered nurse pay in the top 20 metropolitan areas:

Registered Nurse Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 180,540 $98,460
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 113,890 $116,110
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 96,750 $81,300
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 62,840 $82,260
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 54,540 $83,890
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 43,560 $89,060
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 73,510 $81,860
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 53,110 $74,220
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 42,420 $80,760
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 66,120 $99,950
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 40,120 $82,630
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 41,160 $151,640
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 30,570 $111,700
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 43,810 $77,180
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 35,070 $99,310
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 41,850 $86,690
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 27,200 $113,150
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 30,940 $73,380
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 27,860 $82,860
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 30,990 $83,080
National 3,047,530 $82,750

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 20 U.S. Metro areas from the 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on September 21, 2022

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region

In the latest U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) rankings of American hospitals, only 164 hospitals surveyed received national recognition in at least one of the 15 adult specialties examined in the USNWR study. The five-state Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. is home to multiple teaching hospitals, but no teaching hospital in the region ranked among the 20 best hospitals in the nation in the USNWR survey.  As such, the Rocky Mountain region was the only region of the country without at least one hospital ranked among the U.S. top twenty.  However, two teaching hospitals in the region earned national distinction in at least three adult specialties.  For receiving such recognition in the USNWR survey, these two hospitals stand out as the top-ranked teaching hospitals in the Rocky Mountain region:

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Rocky Mountain Region

University of Colorado Hospital
Location:  Aurora, CO
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in the Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  5
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology:  #34
  • Ear, Nose & Throat:  #47
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:  #43
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:  #2
  • Rheumatology:  #11
  • See ranking details
Location:  Salt Lake City, UT
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in the Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  3

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

Friday, September 23, 2022

Gun Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Deaths attributable to gunfire accounted for over 45,200 deaths in the United States in 2020, an increase of almost 13.9% from 2019 levels. This figure included suicides, homicides, accidents, and other gunfire-related incidents in 2020.  At 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population, the U.S. gun death rate rose from 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population in 2019.  The five-state Great Lakes region recorded 6,839 deaths in 2020 that were attributable to gunfire.  With 14.6 gun-related deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, the region's gun death rate was about 6.6% higher than the national average.  Only one state in the region, Wisconsin, recorded a gun death rate in 2020 that was below the national average.  A closer look at data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about gun death rates in the Great Lakes region in 2020:

Gun Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Gun Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Illinois 1,745 12,587,530 13.9
Indiana 1,159 6,754,953 17.2
Michigan 1,454 9,966,555 14.6
Ohio 1,764 11,693,217 15.1
Wisconsin 717 5,832,655 12.3
     Region 6,839 46,834,910 14.6
U.S. Totals 45,222 329,484,123 13.7

(*) number of gun 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 September 20, 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Paramedic Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

The most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) occupational reports estimated that there were approximately 96,500 paramedics working in the U.S. as of May 2021.  Paramedics mostly work for ambulance service providers and local government agencies, with smaller numbers employed in hospital environments or elsewhere. Paramedics earn more modest salaries and wages than workers in many other healthcare occupations.  According to BLS data, as of May 2021 the national mean wage for paramedics was $49,500 annually.  Pay for the profession varies widely from region-to-region, with paramedics in some areas making 50% or more annually than their counterparts elsewhere. This salary and wage disparity is readily seen in BLS data from May 2021, which reports the following about paramedic pay in the top 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S.:

Paramedic Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 4,050 $65,490
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 1,370 $59,990
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 3,310 $63,180
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 2,250 $48,340
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 1,930 $44,400
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 970 $65,170
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 1,510 $60,140
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 1,080 $47,920
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 2,280 $46,670
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 1,540 $59,860
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 1,010 $44,740
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 590 $69,470
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 650 $52,710
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,020 $47,850
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 960 $94,290
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 930 $61,690
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 410 $52,780
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 670 $46,400
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 820 $55,380
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 1,330 $59,950
National 96,510 $49,500

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 20 U.S. Metro areas from 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on September 17, 2022

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Emergency Medical Technician Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets

There were approximately 160,400 emergency medical technicians (EMTs) employed in the U.S. as of May 2021 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.  EMTs mostly work for ambulatory healthcare service providers, local government agencies and hospitals. Emergency medical technicians typically earn lower salaries and wages than many other healthcare workers.  According to BLS data, as of May 2021 EMTs earned, on average, $36,690 per year.  Pay for the profession varies widely from region-to-region, with EMTs in some parts of the country making substantially more annually than their peers elsewhere. This salary and wage variation can be easily seen in BLS data from May 2021, which reports the following about emergency medical technician pay in the top 20 metro markets in the U.S.:

Emergency Medical Technician Pay in the Top 20 Metro Markets

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 12,090 $43,310
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 5,350 $39,930
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 5,400 $50,820
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 2,290 $36,370
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 2,350 $36,640
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 1,820 $56,130
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 3,790 $39,070
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 1,210 $34,370
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 2,950 $34,440
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 2,920 $43,390
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 1,740 $33,370
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 2,850 $55,620
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,890 $38,230
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1,250 $33,530
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 1,150 $39,250
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 1,290 $41,170
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 1,250 $36,620
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 980 $31,590
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 1,370 $35,010
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 1,420 $43,000
National 161,400 $36,690

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 20 U.S. Metro areas from 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on September 17, 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Southeast

In the most recent (22-23) U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) rankings of American hospitals, 164 hospitals earned national distinction in at least one of the 15 adult specialties studied in the survey.  Only one teaching hospital in the Southeast rated among the top 20 best hospitals in the nation. However, seven other Southeast teaching hospitals earned top 50 national rankings in five or more adult specialties. For attaining such recognition in the latest USNWR survey, these eight medical institutions stand out as the top ranked teaching hospitals in the Southeast:

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Southeast

Top Ranked Teaching Hospitals in the Southeast


Overall Ranking Nationally:  19th
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  9
  • Cancer:  #38
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery:  #12
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology:  #20
  • Ear, Nose & Throat:  #10
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:  #47
  • Geriatrics:  #28
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology:  #20
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:  #18
  • Urology:  #13
  • See ranking details

Duke University Medical Center
Location: Durham, NC
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  11
  • Cancer:  #22
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery:  #34
  • Ear, Nose & Throat:  #29
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:  #29
  • Geriatrics:  #30
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery:  #23
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology:  #33
  • Ophthalmology:  #6
  • Orthopedics:  #19
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:  #31
  • Urology:  #26
  • See ranking details

Mayo Clinic Hospital
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  7
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery:  #44
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology:  #30
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:  #21
  • Geriatrics:  #26
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery:  #18
  • Orthopedics:  #20
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:  #37
  • See ranking details

UAB Hospital
Location: Birmingham, AL
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  8
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery:  #31
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology:  #40
  • Ear, Nose & Throat:  #22
  • Geriatrics:  #36
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology:  #5
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:  #50
  • Rehabilitation:  #20
  • Rheumatology:  #10
  • See ranking details

Location:  Orlando, FL
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  6
  • Cancer:  #30
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology:  #29
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:  #41
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery:  #36
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology:  #47
  • Orthopedics:  #45
  • See ranking details

Tampa General Hospital
Location: Tampa, FL
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  7
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology:  #27
  • Ear, Nose & Throat:  #16
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery:  #34
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology:  #40
  • Orthopedics:  #33
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:  #49
  • Rehabilitation:  #40
  • See ranking details

Emory University Hospital
Location: Atlanta, GA
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  5
  • Cancer:  #43
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology:  #41
  • Geriatrics:  #40
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery:  #24
  • Urology:  #37
  • See ranking details

UF Health Shands Hospital
Location: Gainesville, FL
Overall Ranking Nationally:  Not in Top 20
Nationally Ranked Adult Specialties:  5
  • Ear, Nose & Throat:  #40
  • Geriatrics:  #45
  • Orthopedics:  #26
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery:  #48
  • Urology:  #48
  • See ranking details

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

Monday, September 19, 2022

Gun Death Rates in New England

In 2020, gun-related deaths totaled over 45,200 in the United States. This figure, which included gun-related deaths from homicides, suicides, accidents, and other firearm incidents, was up nearly 13.9% from the prior year. The U.S. gun death rate in 2020 stood at 13.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, up from 12.1 deaths per 100,000 population the prior year.  The six-state New England region recorded 898 gun-related deaths in 2020, or about 6.0 gun deaths per 100,000 population. As such, in 2020 the region's gun death rate was more than 50% lower than the national average.  This favorable comparison to the national average was due in part to low gun death rates in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, three states which have among the more restrictive gun control laws in the nation.  Further review of 2020 data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following details about gun death rates in New England:

Gun Death Rates in New England

Gun Death Rates in New England

State Deaths Population Death Rate*
Connecticut 219 3,557,006 6.2
Maine 153 1,350,141 11.3
Massachusetts 268 6,893,574 3.9
New Hampshire 128 1,366,275 9.4
Rhode Island 54 1,057,125 5.1
Vermont 76 623,347 12.2
     Region 898 14,847,468 6.0
U.S. Totals 45,222 329,484,123 13.7

(*) number of gun 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 September 14, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Physical Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

There were just over 225,300 physical therapists (PTs) working in the U.S. as of May 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Physical therapists work in various settings, including offices of non-physician practitioners, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, physician offices, and home health care agencies.  Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced skills and training, physical therapists generally earn more money than workers in most occupations.  Per BLS estimates as of May 2021, the national mean wage for PTs was $92,920 per year.  That said, there is significant disparity from region-to-region in the average annual wages of PTs.  According to BLS data, as of May 2021 physical therapist pay in the top 20 metro areas looked as follows:

Physical Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

Metropolitan Area # Employed Mean Annual Wage
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 16,100 $98,870
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 9,530 $94,940
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 7,140 $94,810
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,920 $96,980
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,060 $101,550
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 3,730 $97,770
7 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 5,880 $98,800
8 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 3,730 $91,450
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 3,060 $96,920
10 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 5,700 $91,970
11 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 2,870 $95,400
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 3,050 $118,370
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,750 $107,390
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 3,490 $83,310
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 2,530 $101,490
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 3,140 $86,990
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 2,050 $104,360
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 2,090 $92,420
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 2,690 $92,570
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson 2,110 $89,810
National 225,350 $92,920

Report Period:  May 2021
Top 20 U.S. Metro areas from 2020 Census
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Statistics
Data extracted on September 14, 2022