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Highlights from the NWRPCA 2018-19 Region X Salary and Benefits Survey

Monday, January 14, 2019  
Posted by: Thomas Johnson
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Last month, NWRPCA released the 2018-19 Biennial Region X Health Center Salary & Benefits Survey. Fifty-two health centers throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington participated in the data collection process by submitting salary and benefits information for their entire staff. The final report includes:

  • Compiled salary and benefits for 124 different health center positions
  • Breakdowns for key positions by state, year of service, and health center size (according to budget)
  • Summaries of employee benefits packages offered throughout the region (e.g. insurance types, retirement options, employee leave)
  • Staff turnover and point-in-time vacancy information (e.g. vacancies, recruitment length)

There's a lot of information in the final report, but here are three quick highlights.


Salaries are on the rise for most positions


Since 2012, the average health center position has seen an increase in salary by about 18%. This increase is not, however, evenly spread across the different staff types. Maintenance and facilities staff, for example, are on average paid 43% more today than they were in 2012, while QI Coordinators have seen virtually no change in compensation.


Salary Percentage Increases Graph


Most health centers offer employees some form of additional pay


69% of all health centers that participated in the data collection process indicated that they provided employees with some sort of additional pay. Of all the employee records that were submitted, 41.4% indicated that they received one or more forms of additional pay, including bonuses/incentives, differentials based on duties, or overtime/extra shifts.


Additional Compensation Graph


Most health centers offer employees generous benefits packages


Most health centers who participated in the survey offer employees full or partially covered health and dental insurance. A majority also provide coverge for dependent health and e, however the number of health centers that do not offer dependent coverage (or do not offer any plans) is also greater. Finally, an overwhelming majority offer fully covered options for disability and life insurance.


Employee Benefits Graph


There's plenty more key information in the 2018-19 Biennial Region X Health Center Salary & Benefits Survey. You can learn more about all of the HR metrics published in the final report here.


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