In yet another example of how healthcare largely is resistant to economic malaise, compensation for medical office managers grew by nearly 4% in 2002, to $62,695 in salary and benefits from the 2001 average of $60,486, about the same rate as in previous years, according to a survey by the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management.
Salaries for nonphysician clinical staff gained 5% in 2002, though registered nurses actually saw a slight pay cut, to $38,189 from $38,655, even though practices reported more difficulty finding qualified nursing staff in 2002. Clerical Staff salaries in medical offices largely were flat between 2001 and 2002, the survey says.
Of the 23 specialties represented in the poll of office managers both years, 18 showed increases in 2002. Anesthesia posted the largest year-over-year gain, rising by 14% to $74,216 in total compensation, overtaking cardiology as the most lucrative specialty for office managers.
See printed publication for the following charts or click here for a PDF version of the July 2003 By the Numbers:
- Medical office manager compensation, 2002
- Medical staff position most difficult to fill with qualified people
- Clinical staff salaries, 2001-2002
- Medical office manager compensation, 1997-2002
- Full-time employees by practice size, 2002