Health Care & Social Assistance

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Workforce

19.1M

2016 BLS Estimate

Average Employee Age

42.6

Estimated Job Growth

1.9%

10-Year Projection

Average Salary

$52,877

Average Male Salary

$83,051

Average Female Salary

$44,444

About

The top three occupations in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Group are Registered nurses, Nursing, psychiatric, & home health aides, Personal care aides, Physicians & surgeons, and Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses. On average, full-time employees in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector work 42.4 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $60,912. Part-time employees in the same industry work 22.9 hours and earn an average annual salary of $25,393.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector are Rochester City PUMA, MN, East Flatbush, Farragut & Rugby PUMA, NY, and Wakefield, Williamsbridge & Woodlawn PUMA, NY. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Health Care & Social Assistance.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector. Registered nurses are the most common position, but the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector employs a relatively high number of Chiropractors, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Health Care & Social Assistance goes to Physicians & surgeons.

Occupations

Occupations by Share

19.1M

Workforce (BLS Estimate)

ACS Estimate: 20.9M

2.26%

1 Year Growth

± 0.692%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 19.1M people employed in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector in 2016.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector has been growing at a rate of 2.26%, , from 20.5M people in 2016 to 20.9M people in 2017.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Health Care & Social Assistance by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Registered nurses represent the largest share of positions held in Health Care & Social Assistance at 13.9%, followed by Nursing, psychiatric, & home health aides with 9.11% and Personal care aides with 5.26%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector, by number of employees, are Registered nurses, Nursing, psychiatric, & home health aides, Personal care aides, Physicians & surgeons, and Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Sub-Sectors, Health Care & Social Assistance employs an unusually high number of Chiropractors, Podiatrists, and Dental hygienists.

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations in Health Care & Social Assistance, by average wage, are Physicians & surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, and Astronomers & physicists.

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Wages

Average Salary

$52,877

AVERAGE WAGE

± $360

On average, employees in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector make $52,877 per year. This number makes Health Care & Social Assistance the 11 highest paying Industry Sub-Sector in the United States out of a total of 21 Industry Sub-Sectors.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage Distribution

0.481

WAGE GINI

Health Care & Social Assistance has a wage GINI of 0.481, which is more than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Health Care & Social Assistance (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector.

These are locations that employ more people in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector in the US. Male employees tend to earn more than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $83,051 and $44,444. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

16.4M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

±93.6k

4.57M

MALE WORKFORCE

±51.7k

78.2% of workers in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector are Female, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$83,051

AVERAGE MALE SALARY

±$1,239

$44,444

AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY

±$283

On average, Male workers in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector make 1.87 times more than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY

  1. Asian

  2. White

  3. Two or More Races

On average, Asian employees in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector earn 1.49 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Professional and business services has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector is Educational services, health care, and social assistance.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Health Care & Social Assistance is from Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance.

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Intermediate Inputs

The Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Professional and business services Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The Educational services, health care, and social assistance Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 8.13% in the next ten years. The Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector has a lower projected workforce growth at 1.9%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (3.1%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (24.6%).

Job Growth

1.9%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

8.13%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector, which is lower than the national average of 8.13%.

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Output Growth

3.1%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

24.6%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in output of the Health Care & Social Assistance Industry Sub-Sector, which is lower than the national average of 24.6%

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