- While many think working in the medical field means you’ll be earning a lot of money, there are plenty of medical professionals who make less than $100,000 per year.
- Physical therapists, chiropractors, and prosthetists are not all taking home six figures.
- Dental hygienists and registered nurses work alongside doctors, but are making significantly less, on average.
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From orthodontists to surgeons, most doctors are making well over six figures. But there are some people in the medical field who are raking in less than $100,000.
Despite working alongside the doctors, some positions like registered nurses and dental hygienists, aren’t making even close to what their fellow medical experts are earning, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Turns out, working in the medical field doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be making a lot of money.
These are all the medical professionals who are making less than doctors, on average:
Physical therapists typically make $88,880 per year.
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Physical therapists, who help rehabilitate patients to ensure mobility and reduce pain, earn around $42.73 an hour, on average. According to the BLS, there are currently 228,600 physical therapists employed in the US today.
Radiation therapists typically make $86,730 per year.
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Radiation therapists typically provide radiation therapy for patients as prescribed by a radiologist, and earn around $41.70 an hour, on average. According to the BLS, there are currently 18,260 radiation therapists employed in the US today.
Chiropractors typically make $85,870 per year.
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Chiropractors treat and care for a patient’s spine, pelvis, and musculoskeletal system. On average, they earn around $41.28 an hour. According to the BLS, there are currently 34,740 chiropractors employed in the US today.
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