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Whatever one does for a living, we all want to know what our colleagues around the country are making so we can gauge just how fairly we’re being compensated for our efforts.
Hospital Case Management’s annual salary survey was mailed to readers along with the April 2001 issue. Questionnaires, response forms, and postage-paid envelopes were inserted into that newsletter.
The responses contained no names unless readers wished to include them along with special comments. The surveys were compiled and analyzed by American Health Consultants in Atlanta, publisher of HCM.
We had a solid response — our thanks to all the readers who responded. We’ve tabulated some results here that we think are of the most interest. What you learn may cause you to take a second look at your situation, but bear in mind that each position is different, and pay scales depend enormously upon geographical location, facility size, your experience level, and other specifics.
Most HCM readers report annual earnings of somewhere between $50,000 and $80,000. (See chart, below) Almost one-quarter of respondents (23.76%) earned between $60,000 and $69,000. An identical percentage earned between $70,000 and $79,999. Another 22.8% earned between $50,000 and $59,999, and 12.8% earned between $40,000 and $49,999. Less than 1% earned less than $30,000, and about 3% earned more than $100,000.
Most (59.4%) respondents to the survey work between 41 and 50 hours per week, although 32.67% work even longer hours.
About half received a salary increase of between 1% and 3%. Another 27% had a salary increase of between 4% and 6%. (See chart, below.)
The greatest percentage of respondents — 24.75% — have been working in hospital case management for between four and six years. Another 20% have been working in the field between one and three years, while only 15% have worked in case management for 16 years or more. (See bottom chart.)
Meanwhile, more than half (53.47%) of our respondents have been working in health care for 25 years or more. The most common titles are director of case management (51.5%), case manager (20.8%), utilization manager (8.9%), and quality manager (5.9%).
About 95% of our HCM reader respondents are women. Forty-seven percent are in their forties, but there are a good number in their thirties (14.9%) and fifties (34.9%) as well. About 45.5% have attained master’s degrees, and another 35.7% have bachelor’s. Two percent have doctorates.
When it comes to the number of people supervised, responses ranged widely. While 22% of survey participants supervise six or fewer people, an equal number supervise between 21 and 40 people. About 5% supervise 61 people or more.
As far as job benefits go, medical coverage ranks highest among respondents’ concerns (77.2% consider it "extremely important") with 401K or other savings plan coming in a close second at 73.3%. (See chart below.)
About 63.4% rated pension plans as extremely important, while dental coverage came in fourth with 51.5%. Next was the less tangible benefit of enjoying the freedom to choose one’s own schedule — 45.5% said that was "extremely important."
Least valued among the benefits we asked about were elder care (2%), child care (3%), and exercise facilities (4.9%).
A full 66.3% of our respondents said their contribution to the cost of medical benefits had increased over the past year.
About 20% saw no change, and only about 3% had their contributions decrease. Seven percent don’t receive medical benefits, and 4% don’t contribute to their plan.
More than a third (37.6%) of HCM’s readers who responded to the survey come from the southern United States, while 20.8% hail from the north- central states running from Ohio on the east to the bread-basket states on the west.
About 18% of our survey participants live in the Northeast, and 23.8% are from the West or West Coast. About 36% come from hospitals in what they describe as medium-size communities; approximately 24% come from urban settings, 16% come from suburban settings, and 24% are from rural areas.
Most — 71.3% — of salary survey respondents work in nonprofit institutions, and 17.8% work in for-profit organizations.
About 8% of survey participants work for state or county government facilities, and only 3% work in either federal facilities or academic institutions.
A high percentage of our respondents — 24.8% — work in hospitals with between 101 and 200 beds. The next largest group — 22.8% — work in hospitals with between 201 and 300 beds. Another 19.8% work in hospitals with fewer than 100 beds, and 8.9% work in hospitals with 500 beds or more. About 3% of respondents don’t work in a hospital setting.
In answer to a question regarding hiring new employees or turnover in facilities and case management departments, 45.5% had seen an increase in the number of employees, 16.8% saw a decrease, and 37.6% saw no change over the past 12 months.