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Physician Executive Compensation Growth Slow, but Healthy

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 19, 2013

Seniority and longevity are rewarded, but only to an extent.


Lori Schutte


Lori Schutte, President of Cejka

The survey found "a discernible shift this year in a long-term pattern. From 2005 through 2011, there was little or no growth in compensation after an executive has spent more than 15 years in administration. For the first time since the 2005 report, the rate of increase in median compensation did not drop as significantly between those with 10–15 years and those with 16 or more years."

"It isn't necessarily how long you are in the role determines how much your pay is going to increase," Schutte says. "You may not be getting big increases every year where if you are earlier in your career, you've only been there a few years and you've had good performance, you're likely to get bigger increases. It may also be that once you've been in that job, after 15 years you may be topped out, especially if you are with the same organization. It is not that you aren't performing well, you're just at a different spot in your career."

Even as compensation growth slows, however, Schutte says the demand for physician executives continues to increase "in a lot of different areas."

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