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This is the Average Salary of Every Type of Hospital Employee

Within one visit to the hospital, a patient is bound to encounter a number of employees. From the receptionist to the phlebotomist, the technician to the general practitioner, effective patient care is dependent on each and every working mind, body and heart.

Currently, hospitals comprise one of the largest employers in the U.S. According to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, total employment across the nation is expected to grow by 11.5 million jobs through 2026. Employment in the healthcare and social assistance sector will account for one-third of all new jobs, with demands for healthcare support occupations and healthcare technicians growing the fastest.

Here are salaries and job outlooks of some of the occupations that keep our hospitals running, according to O*Net Online.


Median Salary: $28,060 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Average, 6,700


  • Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers
  • Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas, using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds
  • Disinfect or sterilize equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment

Nursing assistants

Median Salary: $28,540

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Faster than average, 195,100


  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients’ needs
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising

Cafeteria cooks

Median Salary: $26,860

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Average, 64,400


  • Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry
  • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served
  • Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Median Salary: $34,320 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 19,400


  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings
  • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride


Median Salary: $34,480 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 16,900


  • Match laboratory requisition forms to specimen tubes
  • Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies
  • Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods

Medical transcriptionists

Median Salary: $34,770 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Decline, 6,400


  • Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines
  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician’s review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients’ medical records
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology

Surgical technologists

Median Salary: $47,300 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Faster than average, 10,000


  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures
  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team

Dietitians and nutritionists

Median Salary: $60,370 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 5,400


  • Monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards
  • Assess nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling
  • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, dietary plans, diet modifications, and food selection and preparation

Registered nurses

Median Salary: $71,730 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 203,700


  • Maintain accurate, detailed reports and records
  • Administer medications to patients and monitor patients for reactions or side effects
  • Record patients’ medical information and vital signs
  • Monitor, record, and report symptoms or changes in patients’ conditions
  • Consult and coordinate with healthcare team members to assess, plan, implement, or evaluate patient care plans

Administrative services managers

Median Salary: $96,180 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Faster than average, 26,200


  • Monitor the facility to ensure that it remains safe, secure, and well-maintained
  • Prepare and review operational reports and schedules to ensure accuracy and efficiency
  • Set goals and deadlines for the department
  • Acquire, distribute and store supplies

Medical and health-service managers

Median Salary: $99,730 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 36,700


  • Develop and maintain computerized record management systems to store and process data, such as personnel activities and information, and to produce reports
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of medical, nursing, technical, clerical, service, maintenance, and other personnel
  • Direct or conduct recruitment, hiring, and training of personnel
  • Develop and implement organizational policies and procedures for the facility or medical unit
  • Conduct and administer fiscal operations, including accounting, planning budgets, authorizing expenditures, establishing rates for services, and coordinating financial reporting

Nurse practitioners

Median Salary: $107,030 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 11,000


  • Analyze and interpret patients’ histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses
  • Diagnose or treat acute health care problems, such as illnesses, infections, or injuries
  • Recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy
  • Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized
  • Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients’ individual circumstances

Physician assistants

Median Salary: $108,610 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 10,600


  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition
  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal

Nurse anesthetists

Median Salary: $167,950 annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 2,800


  • Manage patients’ airway or pulmonary status, using techniques such as endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, pharmacological support, respiratory therapy, and extubating
  • Select, prepare, or use equipment, monitors, supplies, or drugs for the administration of anesthetics
  • Select, order, or administer anesthetics, adjuvant drugs, accessory drugs, fluids or blood products as necessary
  • Monitor patients’ responses, including skin color, pupil dilation, pulse, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, ventilation, or urine output, using invasive and noninvasive techniques


Median Salary:  $208,000+ annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Much faster than average, 1,400


  • Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications
  • Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure
  • Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery
  • Administer anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods


Median Salary:  $208,000+ annual

Projected job openings (2016-2026): Faster than average, 1,900


  • Follow established surgical techniques during the operation
  • Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk
  • Operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients’ functions

Last updated on 10/3/19.

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