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Where lab managers rank in hospital pay.

Where lab managers rank in hospital pay

Laboratory managers continue to outearn their counterparts in most other areas of hospital patient care services, including respiratory therapy and radiology. They have fallen further behind nursing service directors, however.

That news comes from the "1986 Management Compensation Study,' issued by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. The study collected date from 320 health care organizations, including multihospital facilities.

Hospitals magazine, which published the findings,1 had reported two years ago on a similar survey by a research firm. That study placed lab managers third in salary among patient care services managers, after pharmacy and nursing service directors.2

1. Egan, P.S. Executive paychecks to jump 4.9% in '86. Hospitals 60: 50-55, Sept. 5, 1986.

2. Fitzgibbon, R.J. Editor's memo. Salaries: How lab managers compare. MLO 17(5): 9, May 1985.

In the latest survey, laboratory managers appear to rank number two, after pharmacy directors. But nursing service directors haven't really dropped down in the salary hierarchy--they were just moved into another survey category, top management. The gap between their annual pay and the lower pay of lab managers has widened; to $15,000 or more at larger hospitals, on average.

Average salaries for laboratory managers range from $32,700 to $43,800, depending upon the size of the institution. Focusing just on patient care services management, Table I shows lab managers in second place at all but the smallest hospitals (fourth place there, after pharmacy, physical therapy, and assistant nursing directors) and the largest hospitals (third place, after pharmacy and radiology directors).

In comparison with support services management positions, laboratory managers generally earn more than directors of purchasing, reimbursement/budget planning, and food/dietary services, but less than directors of engineering and property/facility management. They rank above directors of materials management in smaller hospitals and below them in larger hospitals.

There were five administrative management positions in the survey: controller and directors of management information systems, personnel, nursing education /training, and medical records. Laboratory managers generally earned less than managers in the first two positions and more than managers in the last three.

All of this discussion sets the scene for the January '87 issue of MLO, which will disclose the results of our latest nationwide survey on laboratory salaries and benefits. We will cover pay for all jobs, from technicians on up to laboratory directors. Set aside time for some very interesting reading.

Table: 1 Salaries for managers of patient care services
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Author:FitzGibbon, Robert J.
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:editorial
Date:Nov 1, 1986
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