Many health care employers provided higher salaries and more benefits to professionals compared to 2016, as the demand for industry workers are on the rise, according to a survey.
The Health e-Careers 2017–2018 Salary Guide surveyed almost 20,000 professionals and it showed that 87% received a higher pay than the previous year. Companies offered the highest average income to a surgeon or doctor. Physician locum tenens jobs also increased due to more health care groups relying on short-term workers.
The survey revealed that physicians and surgeons earn more than $258,000, which is the highest reported average income. Health care executives ranked next with a salary of more than $158,600, followed by physician assistants whose income reached over $108,300.
Nurse practitioners earn more than $102,500, while registered nurses earn more than $70,700 on average each year. The latter group may only be the 11th highest paid profession, yet their average annual salary rose 5% from 2016. Only 14% of the respondents admitted that they are “very satisfied” with their salaries, while 36% are “somewhat satisfied”.
In case, they plan to find another job in their field, 46% of the respondents feel confident about landing a new job. These professionals seem to be aware that companies are doing their best to keep workers, especially because the number of patients increases and more baby boomer professionals retire from the industry.
If you decide to take on short-term work, locum tenens could be a good option. Some of the in-demand professionals for this type of temporary staffing include primary care and emergency physicians, hospitalists, and behavioral health specialists.
The job prospects for health care workers remain bright, as the higher salaries indicate that companies want to retain personnel. Other than a higher pay, benefits such as bonuses and flexible working hours also lure professionals to stay in their current jobs.