Monday, April 22, 2024

The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Mid-Eastern U.S

Nearly 780 hospitals were rated for their capabilities at delivering adult cardiology in the most recent (23-24) U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) rankings of American hospitals.  This analysis graded subject hospitals on multiple metrics related to the outcomes experienced by their adult heart patients, the scale of their adult heart care programs, and the amount of professional recognition a hospital earned from the broader cardiology community.  Among the top 50 ranked U.S. hospitals for adult heart care in the 23-24 survey, fifteen were based in the Mid-Eastern U.S., a region that includes five states and the District of Columbia.  This included four hospitals that ranked among the top ten heart hospitals nationally and eight in total that ranked in the top twenty.  In the 23-24 survey, no other region of the country had as many top-quality heart hospitals as the Mid-Eastern U.S.  Here is a summary look at the top-ranked heart hospitals in the Mid-Eastern U.S. from the 23-24 USNWR survey:

The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Mid-Eastern U.S.


The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Mid-Eastern U.S.


Location:  New York City
National Rank:  #4 (See ranking details)

Location:  New York City
National Rank:  #5 (See ranking details)

Location:  New York City 
National Rank:  #6 (See ranking details)



Location:  Manhasset, NY
National Rank:  #12 (See ranking details)

Location:  Baltimore, MD
National Rank:  #13 (See ranking details)

New York, NY
National Rank:  #16 (See ranking details)

Location:  Roslyn, NY
National Rank:  #26 (See ranking details)

Location:  Bronx, NY
National Rank:  #31 (See ranking details)

Location:  Washington, DC
National Rank:  #33 (See ranking details)


Hackensack, NJ
National Rank: #42 (See ranking details)

Location:  Morristown, NJ
National Rank:  #44 (See ranking details)

For insight into the metrics used to grade adult cardiology and heart surgery hospitals in the 23-24 U.S. News survey, or to find the cardiology ranking of other Mid-Eastern U.S. hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Adult Cardiology Care and Heart Surgery

Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Family Medicine Physician Pay

There were approximately 112,000 family medicine physicians working in the U.S. as of May 2023 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.  Most family medicine physicians work in physician offices, with smaller numbers working in hospitals, outpatient care centers, educational institutions, and local government entities. Like many other healthcare professionals with advanced training and technical skills, family medicine physicians earn salaries and wages that are materially higher than the average salary or wage earned by workers in most other occupations. Per BLS estimates, as of May 2023, the national mean wage for family medicine physicians was $240,790.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state to state, with family medicine physicians in some states making significantly more than what their counterparts earn elsewhere. As of May 2023, according to BLS data, the following were the ten best and worst states for family medicine physician pay (based on annual mean wage levels):

The Best and Worst States for Family Medicine Physician Pay

Best Paying States
Wyoming $303,190
Mississippi $292,020
Arizona $288,700
South Carolina $283,300
Kentucky $282,140
Wisconsin $276,580
Georgia $274,650
Iowa $274,300
Alaska $273,740
Nebraska $268,740

Worst Paying States
Texas $214,720
New Jersey $213,320
South Dakota $212,300
Rhode Island $212,130
Vermont $212,050
West Virginia $182,890
Michigan $178,030
Illinois $167,480
Ohio $162,180
Arkansas $129,110

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 20, 2024

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Best and Worst States for Dental Assistant Pay

There were nearly 370,700 dental assistants at work in the U.S. as of May 2023 according to data released recently 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, physician offices, and 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 in many other healthcare occupations. Dental assistants, on average, earn lower salaries than workers in most other occupations. As of May 2023, the BLS estimated that the national mean wage for dental assistants was $47,350 per year.  Pay for the profession varies considerably from state to state, with dental assistants in some states making significantly more than what their professional peers made elsewhere.  Based on annual mean wage levels, May 2023 BLS data indicated that these were the best and worst states for dental assistant pay:

The Best and Worst States for Dental Assistant Pay


Best Paying States
Minnesota $62,760
Massachusetts $56,810
Oregon $55,960
District of Columbia $55,100
New Hampshire $54,190
Washington $54,190
North Dakota $54,010
Vermont $53,860
Alaska $53,020
California $52,470

Worst Paying States
Kansas $41,140
Kentucky $41,090
New Mexico $40,530
Arkansas $40,440
Idaho $40,200
West Virginia $39,890
Utah $39,350
Louisiana $38,290
Mississippi $37,610
Alabama $37,440

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 15, 2024

Friday, April 19, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Dental Hygienist Pay

There were approximately 211,600 dental hygienists at work in the U.S. as of May 2023 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, physician offices, and 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 2023, the national mean wage for dental hygienists was $89,890 annually.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state to state, with dental hygienists in some states making more than twice what their counterparts made elsewhere.  As of May 2023, according to BLS data, these were the best and worst states for dental hygienist pay based on annual mean wage levels:

Best Paying States
Washington $123,510
California $118,330
Alaska $115,980
District of Columbia $113,600
Oregon $103,440
Colorado $101,790
Maryland $101,140
Delaware $98,660
Massachusetts $96,410
New Jersey $95,700

Worst Paying States
Utah $78,910
Arkansas $78,040
Pennsylvania $77,010
South Carolina $76,950
Michigan $76,800
Tennessee $75,920
Kentucky $73,850
West Virginia $68,820
Mississippi $62,120
Alabama $54,460

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 15, 2024

Thursday, April 18, 2024

The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Southwestern U.S.

In the 23-24 U.S. News & World Report survey of American hospitals, more than 770 hospitals were rated for their effectiveness at delivering heart care to adult patients.  The hospitals surveyed were ranked on assorted metrics related to heart patient outcomes, the scope of their adult heart care program, and the amount of professional recognition they received from their peers within the cardiac care community.  Among the top 50 rated U.S. hospitals for adult heart care in the 23-24 survey, five were based in the Southwest.  Here's a quick view of the top-ranked heart hospitals in the Southwestern U.S. and where they ranked nationally for adult heart care:


The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Southwestern U.S.


The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Southwestern U.S.

Houston Methodist Hospital
Location:  Houston, TX
National Rank:  #14 (See ranking details)

Location:  Dallas, TX
National Rank:  #20 (See ranking details)

Location:  Plano, TX
National Rank:  #40 (See ranking details)

For a deeper look at the metrics used to score adult cardiology care and heart surgery hospitals in the 23-24 U.S. News survey, or to find adult heart care rankings for other Southwestern hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Adult Cardiology and Heart Surgery.  

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Chiropractor Pay

As of May 2023, there were just under 41,500 chiropractors employed in the U.S. according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Per that same data, the BLS estimated that the national mean wage for chiropractors was $89,760 per year.  While most chiropractors earn incomes in excess of the average annual wage for most workers, there is a wide disparity from state-to-state in chiropractors' annual mean wages.  An examination of May 2023 BLS data shows that these were the best and worst states for chiropractor pay (based on annual mean wage levels):


Best Paying States
Alaska $134,020
Arkansas $110,110
Nevada $107,920
Oklahoma $103,330
New Jersey $102,500
Connecticut $97,200
Washington $96,390
Hawaii $95,610
Vermont $94,070
Texas $94,040

Worst Paying States
Maryland $73,940
South Carolina $72,810
Missouri $72,730
Alabama $72,540
Nebraska $72,260
Rhode Island $71,650
Iowa $69,650
Ilinois $69,480
Tennessee $69,180
Wyoming $62,530

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 15, 2024

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The Best and Worst States for Health Services Management Pay

There were just under 515,000 health services management jobs in the U.S. as of May 2023 according to data published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Health services managers, ranging from chief executives to front-line supervisors, play a key role in maximizing the operational effectiveness of a wide variety of healthcare businesses, including hospitals, physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, skilled nursing facilities, and home health care service providers. Because of this key operational role, health services management positions tend to pay more than most healthcare occupations, excluding certain high-skill clinical occupations in medicine and dentistry.  The BLS estimated that, as of May 2023, the national mean wage for health service managers was $134,440 per year. An examination of May 2023 BLS data shows that, based on annual mean wage levels, these were the best and worst states for health services management pay:

Best Paying States
New York $179,160
District of Columbia $170,710
Delaware $164,190
New Jersey $162,430
Massachusetts $158,540
California $156,140
Washington $152,880
Maryland $150,590
New Hampshire $150,090
Oregon $149,450

Worst Paying States
Nebraska $115,090
Oklahoma $113,940
Louisiana $113,400
Indiana $112,690
Iowa $109,880
Kentucky $109,640
Wyoming $107,750
Alabama $99,270
Arkansas $97,250
Mississippi $95,140

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 15, 2024

Monday, April 15, 2024

The Best and Worst States for General Dentist Pay

There were approximately 121,600 general dentists employed in the U.S. as of May 2023 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.  Most general dentists work in dental offices, but smaller numbers work in physician offices, outpatient care centers, hospitals, and with state government entities. Like many other trained healthcare professionals with advanced technical skills, general dentists earn salaries and wages in excess of that earned by workers in most other occupations. Per BLS estimates, as of May 2023, the national mean wage for general dentists was $191,750 annually.  Pay for the profession varies widely from state to state, with general dentists in some states making almost double what their counterparts earn elsewhere. According to May 2023 BLS data, based on annual mean wage levels, here are the best and worst states for general dentist pay:

Best Paying States
Vermont $260,380
Maryland $234,670
Arizona $231,890
Delaware $227,200
Texas $220,000
Washington $216,280
Connecticut $215,340
Maine $214,810
Minnesota $211,100
Georgia $208,560

Worst Paying States
Illinois $165,760
Tennessee $164,410
Louisiana $164,340
New York $158,130
Hawaii $154,860
Colorado $149,810
Nevada $144,420
South Dakota $142,830
Utah $139,970
Mississippi $130,550

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on April 15, 2024

Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Great Plains Region

In the most recent (23-24) U.S. News & World Report survey of American hospitals, over 770 hospitals were scored on their proficiency in providing adult heart care, including heart surgery.  In this survey, hospitals were scored on assorted metrics related to their experience with adult heart patients, the scope of their adult heart care programs, and the degree of distinction a hospital has earned within the adult cardiology care community.  Among the top 50 rated U.S. hospitals for adult cardiology care in 23-24, four were based in the seven-state Great Plains region. This included the Mayo Clinic, the 3rd highest-rated heart hospital in the country. Here's a summary view of the top-rated heart hospitals in the Great Plains region and where they ranked nationally for adult heart care in the 23-24 survey:


The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Great Plains Region

The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in the Great Plains Region

Location:  Rochester, MN
National Rank:  #3 (See ranking details)
Location:  St. Louis, MO
National Rank:  #35 (See ranking details)

Location:  Kansas City, MO
National Rank:  #47 (See ranking details)

Kansas City, KS
National Rank:  #49 (See ranking details)

For a further look at the metrics used to grade adult heart care and heart surgery hospitals in the 23-24 U.S. News survey, or to find the cardiology rating of other Great Plains region hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Adult Cardiology Care and Heart Surgery.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Physical Therapist Pay in the Far West Region

In its most current occupational data reports, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were over 229,700 physical therapists (PTs) employed in the United States as of May 2022.  At that time, nearly 34,900 of those employed as physical therapists in the U.S. lived in the six-state Far West region of the country.  The Far West region was the best in the nation for PT pay, with five states in the region ranking among the ten best states in the U.S. for physical therapist annual mean wages.  That included California and Nevada, which rated #1 and #2, respectively, for that pay metric for physical therapists.  A closer look at BLS data from May 2022 reveals the following about PT employment and physical therapist pay in the Far West region:

Physical Therapist Pay in the Far West Region

Physical Therapist Pay in the Far West Region

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AK 610 $104,470 4th
CA 24,100 $114,230 1st
HI 1,030 $100,130 9th
NV 1,560 $105,880 2nd
OR 2,770 $96,010 21st
WA 4,810 $101,130 8th
U.S. 229,740 $97,960 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on March 30, 2024

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Pharmacist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

May 2022 data published recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put the number of pharmacists working in the United States at over 325,000.  The twelve-state Southeastern U.S. was home to over 88,700 employed pharmacists at that time.  With only one state having a pharmacist annual mean wage level above the national average, and six states in the region ranking among the bottom ten states nationally for pharmacist annual mean wages, the Southeastern U.S. was the worst region in the country for pharmacist pay.  A more detailed examination of BLS data from May 2022 reveals the following about pharmacist pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Pharmacist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Pharmacist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 5,650 $125,820 29th
AR 3,180 $120,440 49th
FL 22,420 $121,560 42nd
GA 10,320 $125,290 33rd
KY 5,320 $127,410 25th
LA 5,010 $121,090 47th
MS 3,220 $121,860 41st
NC 11,110 $128,330 18th
SC 5,150 $121,120 46th
TN 7,780 $120,600 48th
VA 7,250 $130,350 14th
WV 2,360 $119,000 50th
U.S. 325,480 $129,410 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on March 30, 2024

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in New England

More than 770 hospitals were evaluated for their proficiency in delivering adult heart-care services in the most recent (23-24) U.S. News & World Report rankings of American hospitals.  In this study, hospitals were graded on assorted metrics related to the outcomes of their adult heart patients, the scope of their adult cardiology programs, and the degree of professional recognition they received from the broader cardiology community.  Among the top 50 ranked U.S. hospitals for adult cardiology in 23-24, only three were based in the six-state New England region, but that included one that was rated among the ten best heart hospitals in the nation.  From the 23-24 survey, the top-ranked heart hospitals in New England were:


The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in New England


The Top-Ranked Heart Hospitals in New England

Massachusetts General Hospital
Location:  Boston
National Rank:  #8 (See ranking details)

Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart & Vascular Center
Location:  Boston
National Rank:  #18 (See ranking details)

Location:  Boston
National Rank:  #45 (See ranking details)

For a closer look at the metrics used to score adult cardiology and heart surgery hospitals in the 23-24 U.S. News survey, or to find the heart-care rating of other New England hospitals, visit Best Hospitals for Adult Cardiology Care and Heart Surgery.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Medical Records Specialist Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

The most recent occupational employment numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that over 187,700 medical records specialists were employed in the U.S. as of May 2022. With over 6,200 medical records specialists employed at that time, the five-state Rocky Mountain region accounted for about 3.3% of medical records specialist employment in the United States.  BLS data revealed the Rocky Mountain region to be a modestly weak one for medical records specialist pay, with about 57% of employed medical records specialists in the region living in a state where the annual mean wage for the profession was below the national average. Further examination of May 2022 BLS data provides the following details about medical records specialist pay in the Rocky Mountain region.:

Medical Records Specialist Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region

Medical Records Specialist Pay in the Rocky Mountain Region



State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
CO 2,340 $53,410 13th
ID 1,460 $48,060 29th
MT 790 $46,530 38th
UT 1,310 $50,230 20th
WY 360 $52,330 15th
U.S. 187,720 $51,090 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data accessed on March 17, 2024

Monday, April 1, 2024

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southwest

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently published data indicating that, as of May 2022, there were more than 182,400 healthcare social workers (HSWs) employed in the U.S.  Nearly 17,700 of those HSW jobs were in the four-state Southwest region of the country.  BLS data further reveals the Southwest to be an average one for healthcare social worker pay.  Although Oklahoma ranked among the ten worst states for HSW annual mean wage levels, less than 15% of the region's healthcare social workers worked there.  A significant majority of the region's healthcare social workers were employed in the other three states in the U.S. Southwest, and all three had HSW annual mean wage levels that were on par with, or slightly better than, the profession's national average for that pay metric.  BLS data from May 2022 tells us the following about healthcare social worker pay in the Southwest:

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southwest

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southwest


State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AZ 3,270 $63,130 16th
NM 640 $63,180 15th
OK 2,400 $53,020 47th
TX 11,350 $62,500 18th
U.S. 182,420 $62,760 -------

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on March 27, 2024