Which Hospital Employees Are Most and Least Satisfied With Their Pay?

Among 40 of the most common hospital departments, physicians within medical-surgical departments ranked as the most satisfied with their pay, according to a study by HR Solutions.

The study looked at responses from more than 540,000 hospital employees in various departments at more than 525 organizations. The "pay satisfaction" was based on the employees' belief they are paid fairly for their work, the satisfaction their salary reflects the effort they put into their work and their view on pay fairness between new and experience employees performing the same job.

Roughly 54 percent of physicians in medical-surgical were satisfied with their salary, which was 30 percentage points higher than employees in the neonatal intensive care unit, who recorded the lowest satisfaction. Here are the five highest- and lowest-scoring departments with regard to perceived pay fairness:

5 Highest-Scoring Hospital Departments:
•    Medical-surgical (surgeons):  54 percent
•    Human resources:  48 percent
•    Coronary care/cardiac surgery intensive care unit (cardiology):  46 percent
•    Hospice:  44 percent
•    Maternal-child nursing:  43 percent

5 Lowest-Scoring Hospital Departments:
•    Neonatal intensive care unit:  24 percent
•    Labor and delivery:  24 percent
•    Ambulatory:  26 percent
•    Radiology/imaging:  27 percent
•    Intensive care unit:  27 percent

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