16 Statistics: Salaries and Cash Compensation for Hospital and System CEOs

For 2013, the median base salary for independent health system CEOs is roughly $750,000, while the median independent hospital CEO salary is roughly half that at $380,000.

The data come from the 2013 National Healthcare Leadership Compensation Survey, conducted by Integrated Healthcare Strategies and co-sponsored by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration.

Baseline statistics from the survey are consistent with a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine. That study said the average nonprofit hospital CEO earned $600,000 annual, although the median compensation was $405,000.

Here are 16 statistics from the survey on salary and total cash compensation for hospital and health system CEOs. Note: Data is based on more than 1,350 participating hospitals and health systems and 839 CEO respondents. Compensation figures are effective Feb. 1, 2013.

Independent health system CEO (median revenue of system: $864 million)
Median base salary: $750,000
Average base salary: $754,400
Median total cash compensation: $873,800
Average total cash compensation: $944,300

Subsidiary health system CEO (median revenue of system: $716 million)
Median base salary: $539,000
Average base salary: $568,100
Median total cash compensation: $645,700
Average total cash compensation: $690,100

Independent hospital CEO (median revenue of hospital: $167 million)
Median base salary: $380,000
Average base salary: $421,800
Median total cash compensation: $402,500
Average total cash compensation: $479,700

Subsidiary hospital CEO (median revenue of hospital: $139 million)
Median base salary: $309,500
Average base salary: $329,300
Median total cash compensation: $368,700
Average total cash compensation: $391,000

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