Employers Behaving Badly
Healthcare wellness professionals' pay doesn't impress
Don't blame fat HR compensation packages in the healthcare sector for the rising cost of benefits. In healthcare, wellness and benefits professionals make just below the cross-industry average of $50,000.
In May 2012, the nonprofit Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) electronically surveyed more than 800 human resource professionals. The WELCOA National Wellness Compensation Survey may be the first compensation survey conducted across the industries to compare compensation metrics, as well as sentiments in this field around salary.
SLIDESHOW: WELCOA National Wellness Compensation Survey
From benefits managers to employee assistance professionals, this survey compares the median salaries across industries for each of the positions.
The majority of respondents felt their salaries were consistent with others in their field, which includes safety, risk management, wellness, human resources, benefits, occupational health, and employee assistance. Wellness professionals ($55,000) and wellness coaches ($41,000) specifically earn the lowest median salaries, while employee assistance professionals ($75,000) and program directors ($70,000) earn the highest.
Most health and wellness professionals are "moderately satisfied" with their yearly earnings. Nearly two-thirds said they hope to make between $51,000 and $90,000 in the next five years.
Although they earn more than government employees, healthcare wellness professionals earn less than other large private industries like real estate, finance, manufacturing, and transportation. The highest median income for wellness and benefits professionals was in professional/scientific/technical industry, whose human resources employees earn a median salary of $80,000.
Chelsea Rice is an associate editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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