It’s that magical day: payday. You eagerly rip open your paycheck and scan it to find your net earnings. And when you see the amount, are you disappointed that the number hasn’t magically increased since two weeks ago?

Are you wondering how you’re going to afford this month’s rent and bills? Or are you elated at how much you will be able to put into savings and maybe even dreaming of a new house or car?

Whether you’re still in school and just dreaming of payday or you’re currently employed, knowing your financial worth is vital. Your skills, experience and educational background not only make-up who you are, they also determine how much money you’re able to earn.

In order to find out if you’re being fairly compensated for all your hard work, it’s important to have a clear sense of how your salary compares to your peers’ salaries in your field of allied health. If you’re currently underpaid in your position, maybe it’s time to ask for a raise or look for a higher-paying job. Or maybe this is an opportunity to realize just how generous your current employer really is.

Diversity: Allied Health Careers’ Second Annual Salary Report will be a beneficial tool for you to discover what the average salary ranges are for many allied health care careers. In general, you can expect some great financial news. Because of the high demand and low supply within many allied health occupationsÑa trend that is expected to continue for years to comeÑsalaries continue to increasing at rates well above the national average. You can expect signing bonuses, enhanced benefits and other ÒperksÓ to be offered by many health care employers as well.

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Due to space limitations, this report is not intended to provide comprehensive salary data on all allied health disciplines. For more information on other allied health care fields and salary ranges, check out, the American Medical Association’s Web site (, Health Care Job Store ( or (


Anesthesiologist Assistant

$90,000 – $110,000 (American Medical Association)

Anesthesia Technician

$26,206 (

Art Therapy

Art Therapist

$35,561 (Health Care Job Store)


Biotechnology Research Scientist

$63,700 (

Biotechnology Research Associate

$40,100 (

Biological Technician

$33,000 (

Cardiac Medicine

Cardio-Pulmonary Perfusionist

$89,620 (

Echocardiograph Technician

$46,754 (

Cardiac Catheterization Technologist

$45,110 (

Cardiac Technician

$30,231 (

EKG Technician

$26,149 (



$50,735 (


Dental Hygienist

$47,422 (

Dental Laboratory Technician

$29,080 (

Dental Assistant

$23,534 (



$40,975 (

Dietetic Technician

$19,189 (

Emergency Medicine


$30,184 (

Emergency Medical Technician

$29,293 (

Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counselor

$53,800 (American Medical Association)


Histotechnology Supervisor

$50,086 (American Medical Association)


$41,122 (American Medical Association)

Histologic Technician

$34,549 (American Medical Association)




$35,000 (American Medical Association)


Massage Therapy

Massage Therapist

$31,474 (

Medical Appliances, Orthotics and Prostheses


$56,398 (Health Care Job Store)


$50,714 (Health Care Job Store)

Medical Appliances Technician

$27,459 (

Medical Assistantship

Medical Assistant

$21,865 (

Medical Illustration

Medical Illustrator

$34,295 (

$50,000-$75,000 average according to AMA

Medical Management and Information

Medical Records Director

$78,437 (

Medical and Health Services Manager

$57,208 (

Medical Records Administrator

$51,086 (

Medical Transcription Supervisor

$41,518 (

Medical Records Transcriptionist

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$30,261 (

Medical Records and Health Information Technician

$22,462 (

Medical Technology

Chief Medical Technologist in the United States

$51,079 (

Medical Technologist – Microbiology

$44,198 (

Medical Technologist – Hematology

$43,507 (

Medical Laboratory Technician, Sr.

$39,434 (

Medical Laboratory Technician

$32,544 (

Mental Health/ Counseling

Marriage / Family Therapist

$38,819 (

Mental Health Counselor

$28,380 (

Mental Health or Substance Abuse Social Worker

$29,952 (

Psychiatric Technician

$23,736 (

Psychiatric Aide

$20,831 (

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine Director

$69,835 (

Nuclear Medicine Technician – Registered

$50,081 (

Nuclear Medicine Technologist

$46,065 (

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist

$51,698 (

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

$33,494 (

Occupational Therapist Aide

$20,507 (


Opthalmic Dispensing Optician

$24,074 (

Opthalmic Laboratory Technician

$20,923 (


Pharmacy Director

$106,685 (

Assistant Director of Pharmacy

$93,689 (


$88,626 (

Clinical Pharmacist

$75,296 (

Pharmacy Technician II

$25,384 (

Pharmacy Technician I

$22,690 (

Physical Therapy

Director of Physical Therapy

$66,000 (

Physical Therapist

$57,907 (

Certified Physical Therapist Assistant

$33,158 (

Physical Therapy Aide

$20,290 (

Physician Assistantship
Physician Assistant

$69,567 (American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2002)

Radiation Therapy Technologist

Radiologic Technologist

$41,455 (

Chief Radiologic Technologist

$56,519 (

Radiation Therapy Technologist (ARRT)

$52,646 (

Radiologic Technician

$35,000 (


Rehabilitation Counselor

$25,894 (

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory Therapist

$43,854. (

Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician

$35,266 (


Chief Ultrasound Technologist

$60,758 (

Ultrasound Technologist

$50,398 (

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Speech and Hearing Therapy Supervisor

$62,000 (

Speech-Language Pathologist

$52,502 (


$51,101 (

Sports Medicine

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Head Athletic Trainer – Higher Education

$43,652 (

Assistant Athletic Trainer – Higher Education

$34,627 (

Surgical Technology

Surgical Technologist

$34,316 (

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