Hello, and thank you for an interesting question:
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the
average hourly wages for all "health related occupations" in the
United States as a whole, and in what's called the "Pacific Census
Division" (Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and
Washington) were as follows:
1997 -- $21.83..........$23.93
1998 -- $22.56..........$25.57
1999 -- $27.12..........$26.62
2000 -- $27.33..........$27.33
2001 -- $28.14..........$28.57
As you can see, the national hourly health care wages rose 3.0%
between 2000 and 2001, while wages out west rose quite a bit faster,
The data are taken from the BLS's "National Compensation Survey" data
base, which can be queried at:
The BLS public query system is very fliexible. You can select factors
--geography (the country as a whole, regions, individual cities, etc);
--occupational categories (all jobs, broad sectors like "health
--more select categories such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists,
--worker "levels" (senior management, entry level, etc).
The system will return wage data for the years 1997-2001.
An explanation of the National Compensation Survey, along with details
of what is actually covered and what is excluded from the survey, can
be found here:
and on the links at the bottom of this page.
I hope this meets your needs. If anything here needs further
explanation, feel free to post a Request for Clarification, and I'll
be glad to assist you further.
search strategy: Google search on: Bureau Labor Statistics