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What lab managers earned in 1987.

The largest salary gain for hospital laboratory managers occurred at small institutions this year.

The average annual salary for lab managers in hospitals with fewer than 600 FTEs was $34,900, according to the "1987 Management Compensation Study" issued by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. That was 7 per cent higher than the figure for hospitals of the same size in last year's compensation survey.

Lab managers' average 1987 salary was $40,000 in hospitals with 600 to 1,199 FTEs, up 4 per cent from the 1986 survey; $42,800 in hospitals with 1 ,200 to 2,199 FTEs, up 2 per cent; and $46,100 in hospitals with 2,200 or more FTEs, up 5 per cent.

With these findings, published in Hospitals magazine, lab managers continued to rank second in salary to pharmacy directors among all managers of patient care services (see Table 1). Nursing service directors are in another job category, top management. They averaged $44,100 in the smallest hospitals and $65,800 in the largest. The gap between their pay and the lower pay of lab managers was widest in hospitals with 1,200-2,199 FTEs: $21,900.

As they did last year, lab managers outearned a number of managers in other job categories. Compared with support service management positions, they generally made more than directors of purchasing, reimbursement/budget planning, and food/dietary services, but less than directors of engineering and property/facility management. 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 lab managers (directors of personnel, nursing education/training, and medical records) and two had higher pay (controller and director of management information systems).

Merit increases for all hospital executives are expected to average 4.7 per cent this year, according to the survey. That compares with 4.9 per cent in 1986 and 5.2 percent in 1985.

Among other notable trends: top executives in health care chains continue to earn significantly higher pay than their counterparts in single acute-care facilities; bonuses to executives in single acute-care facilities dropped in size by 12.6 per cent, compared with a 41.1 per cent increase last year; bonuses to executives in health care chains fell 24.1 per cent, compared with a 68.7 per cent increase last year; and 21 per cent of the surveyed organizations are using short-term incentive plans-often based on achievement of objectives-compared with 16 per cent last year.

1. Santos, A. Jr. Annual salaries of top managers to rise 4.7% in 1987. Hospitals 61: 52 57, Sept. 5, 1987.
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Author:Fitzgibbon, Robert J.
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:editorial
Date:Nov 1, 1987
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