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Physician Executive Compensation Growth Slow, but Healthy

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2013

Even though compensation growth has slowed a bit—CEOs report a gain of only 4% over two years—the demand for physician executives continues to increase. Median annual pay reported by doctors in executive roles is $325,000.


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The sluggish economy and the uncertainty around healthcare reform have slowed physician executive median compensation growth over the last two years. However, it's still a very good living.

The 2,364 physician executives who responded to the 2013 Physician Executive Compensation Survey from Cejka Executive Search and American College of Physician Executives reported that their compensation grew an average of 7% between 2010 and 2012 with median of $325,000 across all 19 titles and 26 organization types.

Cejka President Lori Schutte says the news on slower compensation growth isn't really surprising given the state of affairs in healthcare and the overall economy. "Compensation has slowed a little bit," she says. "While we used to see 12% increases, this year it was 7% over the last two years. That is indicative of the economy. Nobody is getting big raises."

In the C-Suite, chief executive officers reported a 4% gain over two years, the smallest median increase among executive groups, which Schutte says may reflect the reliance of their pay packages on organizational financial performance during an economically and politically uncertain period.

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