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25 Great Tools to Get In-Depth Salary Information for ANY Healthcare Career

by Dayna Sanders on October 19, 2009

Are you a medical student who has not yet determined a major? Or, are you seeking to change your career? One way to finalize a decision in these areas is to look at salaries for your profession by location and by specialization. But, where can you find this information?

The following list of twenty-five great tools to get in-depth salary information for any healthcare career might offer a beginning for your research. These tools, categorized by general salary sites and by occupation-specific salary surveys, provide general information for any health care occupation. However, you may want to extend your search to a specific location and to the healthcare facility where you want to work to nail down specific salaries as well.

The links below are listed alphabetically in both categories to show readers that we do not favor one salary resource over another:


  1. 2009 Healthcare Salary Projections: AllHealthCare offers a projection for this year, which can help readers determine current salaries for occupations that range from Registered Nurse (RN) to physical therapy and from medical records and HIT (Health Information Technician) to dental assistants.
  2. American Medical Association: This link to the AMA’s Health Care Careers Directory provides information – including salaries – for more than 81 health care careers. Each link is a PDF which details the occupation, training required, salary expectations and information about organizations related to each field.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics: This link is to the professional and related occupations, where you can scroll down to select fields within health diagnosing and treating occupations or within health technologists and technicians. Each link within those two categories provides extensive information about training required, employment projections, working conditions, salaries and more.
  4. CareerOneStop: Select a healthcare occupation in this search engine’s database to learn more about that career within any given state in the U.S. You’ll learn more about that field through descriptive analysis, and you can compare statewide salaries against average salaries across the country. State and national trends for employment opportunities also are available.
  5. Careers in Medicine: This AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) site offers an in-depth look at over twenty-five medical careers, including dermatology, medical genetics and radiology. Additionally, their Careers in medicine Web site offers help in mapping your career up to selecting and applying to a residency program.
  6. cbSalary Medical Careers: If you want to pursue a career as a medical aide, medical artist or as a paramedic or in over fifty other health care careers, you can find national average salary information for each career at this site.
  7. Health Care: Outside the career-specific pages at the Bureau of labor Statistics, this site looks at the health care industry overall, including earnings, working conditions, required training and nature of the industry.
  8. Healthcare Salary: Med Hunting offers nationwide salary information for allied health jobs, nursing jobs and for medical doctor jobs. They also recommend using Jobs-Salary to learn more in-depth information about your chosen career.
  9. HFMA’s Healthcare Finance Outlook: Although this report does not discuss salaries specifically, it does address the financial outlook for the healthcare industry – a major consideration if you want to know how the health care industry can afford your services. This report also forecasts the industry movement over the next decade, and provides you with information that you can use on your next job interview.
  10. IBIS World: This site carries information about a variety of healthcare services, including industry rankings, salaries and more, all divided into four categories. Click on the category and choose among dozens of occupations within that category for more information.
  11. MyCareer: Did you ever think about working in Australia? This link is to the Australian Medical and Healthcare Salary Centre, where you can learn about going rates for roles by industry and state. A comparative chart provides a quick glance at the industry in general, along with minimum, maximum and average salary numbers.
  12. PayScale Healthcare Survey: Access real-time salary survey data for healthcare professionals through this page. You can personalize the report (for money) or gain access to a free report that covers over 580 industry positions, over 28,700 facilities and over 314,000 healthcare salary survey respondents within the last 365 days. This survey covers U.S. and Canadian locations.
  13. Salary Calculator: Use this calculator to determine whether you want to ask for a raise or if you want to gloat over your current salary. Additionally, you can use this calculator to seek salaries in similar careers by Zip Code of by state or metro region. There are four healthcare fields within the range of this calculator – administrative, nursing, practitioners and technicians.
  14. Salary.com: This link takes you to the search for medical career salary information, where you can view dozens of medical careers along with a brief description about that career. Links in the descriptions take you to pages that include base salary ranges – this information is free. You can pay for personalized reports as well.

Occupational Surveys

  1. ADVANCE Salary Survey 2009: This survey offers both national and regional salary survey results for the nursing profession. This site also carries a Salary Calculator, an interactive tool that allows you to see how your compensation compares to your peers locally and nationally.
  2. Case Management 2008 Salary Survey [PDF]: Although this survey was conducted for 2008, it can provide a snapshot of the healthcare field and portray current and future opportunities in health care case management. Although salaries are covered by region, experience and age range, this eight-page document also covers various aspects to this career.
  3. CHP Salary Survey [PDF]: This information applies to the Certified Health Physicist (CHP), and focuses on salary information for full-time CHPs with health, vacation, and retirement benefits unless
    otherwise indicated.
  4. HIM 2008 Salary Study: AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) provides information from a survey that over 10,000 individuals in the health information management field finalized in 2008. The survey showed in overall increase of $2,000 from 2006 salaries, but the survey also asked questions about work conditions and more (such as bonuses and salary increases) that can help you make an informed career decision.
  5. Nonprofit Health Care Executive Compensation: If you want to work in a nonprofit health care setting, the Alliance for Advancing Nonprofit Health Care offers a variety of reports that show executive pay trends in this field.
  6. NP Salary Summary: This is an at-a-glance salary survey for Nurse Practitioners from 1997 to 2008. You also can learn more about bonuses, numbers of hours worked, and salaries for primary care specialties, full time only.
  7. Physician Salary, Compensation and Practice Surveys: This list of physician salary surveys was compiled by Merritt Hawkins & Associates for clients and candidates to make informed recruitment and career decisions. The survey dates run from 2003 to 2009 as of this writing.
  8. Physician Salary Survey Results: This survey, provided by StudentDoc.com, provides information by specialty, from cardiology to vascular surgery and from colorectal surgeons to ophthalmology.
  9. Radiologist Salary and Employment Statistics: The Radiology Career Information and Resource Center at LocumTenens.com offers radiologist salary reports from 2005 through 2009 in the left column of this link. You can gain access to PDF or to HTML versions of each report.
  10. RX Salary Calculator: Pharmacists can use this tool to stay up to date with the latest salary information delineated by education, experience, job function, industry, skills and location.
  11. Salaries in Nursing Professional Development: Click on the link for this report, sponsored by the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. It was published in April 2009, and it shows salaries for educators with varying numbers of years of experience.
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