Paychex examined health care plan costs and wages for specific occupations across the country to get a glimpse at which employees can fund their health insurance by working the fewest weeks per year.
The takeaway? Employees in the medical and dental field dominate when it comes to paying for health plans quickly.
Across the West especially, pediatricians, nurses, general practitioners, and dentists must work the fewest weeks to fund plans. In the Eastern half of the country, more diversity exists: Along with medical professions, other top occupations for quick health care funding include marketing managers and judges.
Zooming in reveals quite specific results when it comes to who must work the fewest weeks to afford health care. To fund an employee-only plan under group coverage, general practitioners in North Carolina must work only 0.05 weeks—the fewest of anyone. Medical professionals in Mississippi, Idaho, Utah, and New Hampshire fare similarly well.
To fund a family plan, pediatricians in Alaska are in the best shape, taking only 0.16 weeks to pay for it. Others who can fund health care quickly include nurse anesthetists in Oregon, Iowa, and Utah as well as family doctors in Idaho.
Although arguably most people don't choose a career based on how many weeks per year they must work to fund health care plans, it's certainly a perk of working in certain states and in certain professions.