In addition to ageing baby boomers, the pandemic has increased investor’s focus on the healthcare industry. We’ve seen significant growth in the health care sector in 2021 but for dividend investors interested in regular dividend payouts, not all health care stocks fit the bill. To identify high dividend paying health care stocks, we looked at healthcare companies in the US and internationally (100+ companies) with dividend yield greater than 3% and that are up so far in 2021. The resulting list contains five healthcare dividend stocks with an average dividend yield of 4.1% (up to over 5%) and an average 2021 gain of 18% (up to 39%).
Best Healthcare Dividend Stocks Table Description: The following table includes and can be sorted on: company name, market cap, dividend yield, intraday stock price, and the intraday stock price percent change. This live table is updated throughout the trading day. To be alerted when our 2021 Best Healthcare Dividend Stocks table is updated, sign up for our free Dogs of the Dow Newsletter.
Best Healthcare Dividend Stocks FAQ
What are the best healthcare dividend stocks?
The best healthcare dividend stocks so far in 2021 are AbbVie, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Pfizer.
Which best healthcare dividend stock is the top performer?
Pfizer is the healthcare dividend stock biggest stock gainer with a price gain of over 30% so far in 2021.
Which best healthcare dividend stock has the highest dividend yield?
The UK-based drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline pays the most with a dividend yield above 5%.
Are any of the best healthcare dividend stocks on the Dividend Aristocrats list?
Yes. AbbVie is both on the best healthcare dividend stocks list and a member of the 2021 Dividend Aristocrats list. AbbVie also made our Top 10 Dividend Aristocrats List.
Are any of the best healthcare dividend stocks also a Nasdaq 100 stock?
Yes. Gilead is a Nasdaq 100 stock. In fact, Gilead is one of the top dividend payers on the Nasdaq 100 stocks list with a yield above 4%.