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Most healthcare professionals would change jobs for better pay

Staff writer |
With an increased demand for healthcare services being driven by everything from the Affordable Care Act to an aging baby boomer population, healthcare professionals are shouldering more responsibility than ever before.

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Yet, according to a national healthcare salary study by Health eCareers, the healthcare industry's online career hub, nearly half (45 percent) of healthcare professionals surveyed say they have not received a pay increase in the past year, and another 14 percent are actually making less than they were a year ago.

What's more, healthcare professionals are feeling bullish about their job prospects, with 68 percent reporting they would change employers for higher pay.

The study of more than 28,000 healthcare professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, surgeons and administrative personnel, also uncovers average salaries by position and other trends in healthcare compensation.

On average, physicians across the country are earning nearly a quarter of a million ($249,353) dollars a year, making it the highest-paid healthcare profession evaluated in the study.

Healthcare executives rank second with an average reported salary of $154,573 a year, followed by physician assistants at $101,528, nurse practitioners at $95,531 and healthcare IT professionals at $89,247. On the lower end of the spectrum, allied health professionals report earning just $42,171 per year, and dieticians earn $51,813.

The area of specialty seems to influence pay as well. Family medicine nurses report earning $86,349 annually, while cardiology nurses earn $78,607 on average. Conversely, cardiology physicians earn a reported $359,044 on average, while family medicine physicians earn just half of that at $177,053 a year.

Interestingly, the survey found nonprofit employees tend to earn more than their for-profit counterparts in both hourly and salaried positions.

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