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What lab managers earned in 1988.

Salaries for hospital laboratory managers climbed mosts sharply at the largest institutions in 1988.

The average annual salary for laboratory managers in hospitals with 2,200 or more FTEs was $49,400, according to the "1988 Management Compensation Study" issued by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. This marked a 7.2 per cent increase over the figure for hospitals of the same size in last year's compensation survey.

Here's what lab managers at smaller institutions earned this year: $35,800 in hospitals with fewer than 600 FTEs, up 2.3 per cent from the 1987 survey; $42,300 in hospitals with 600 to 1,199 FTEs, up 5.7 per cent; and $45,000 in hospitals with 1,200 to 2,199 FTEs, up 5 .I per cent.

These findings, published in Hospitals magazine,' again place laboratory managers second in salary to pharmacy directors among all managers of hospital patient care services (see Table 1). Nursing service directors are in another category, top management. They averaged $47,000 in the smallest hospitals and $70,800 in the largest. The gap between their pay and the lower pay of lab managers was widest in hospitals with I ,200-2,199 FTEs: $22,500.

Laboratory managers continue to outeam a number of managers in other job categories. Compared with support service management positions, they made more this year than directors of purchasing, reimbursement/budget planning, and food/dietary services, but less than directors of property/facility management and engineering services. They ranked above directors of materials management in smaller hospitals and below them in larger hospitals.

Among administrative management positions, three had lower average pay than laboratory managers (directors of personnel, nursing education/training, and medical records), and two had higher salaries (controller and director of management information systems).

Merit increases for all hospital executives are expected to average 4.8 per cent in 1988, continuing the 1986-87 trend of just under 5 per cent.

As one indication that hospital performance has improved, bonuses made a strong comeback this year, averaging 33 per cent higher than last year at single acute-care hospitals and 19.1 per cent higher at hospital chains. In 1987, bonuses had declined 12.6 per cent at single hospitals and 24.1 per cent at chains. About 18 per cent of this year's survey participants reported having formal short-term incentive or annual bonus plans.
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Author:Fitzgibbon, Robert J.
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:editorial
Date:Nov 1, 1988
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