Sunday, July 3, 2011

Florida's Healthcare Workers Command High Wages Despite Declining Reimbursements, Sagging Economy

By Jeff Herschler

According to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Florida's healthcare workers are outperforming many of their peers in other industries.  And this feat is achieved despite reimbursement reductions and a weak economy.

For example, physicians and surgeons boast a mean yearly wage of $107,540 for entry level and $235,710 for experienced practitioners.   Pediatricians don't do badly either, earning $89,550 to $200,970.  Meanwhile Registered Nurses are making $46,400 to $71,380.  Pharmacists gross $88,450 to $117,150 while an OBGYN's mean annual wage is $225,620. A typical Radiation Therapist's yearly salary is $55,720 to $89,040.  One hot emerging category is Physician Assistant. They earn $64,150 to $100,960.   Surprising many is the fact that Podiatrists gross $73,770 to $171,400.

Healthcare workers' outperformance is apparent at the national level as well.  According to BizJournals.com (citing On Numbers analysis of federal compensation data for 801 occupations), the eight highest paying jobs in America are in the healthcare field.  See article:  Highest Paying Jobs in America. 

Not all healthcare jobs are high paying however. The Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation reports that Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics earn $23,010 to $36,950 while a Home Health Aid's annual salary comes in just a bit above the minimum wage at $18,090 to $26,940.

Sun-Sentinel.com has published a photo gallery illustrating several healthcare vocations and their average incomes.  Click here to view the photo gallery. 
Mr. Herschler is the Editor and Publisher of FHIweekly and FloridaHealthIndustry.com. 

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