Information Technology Directors rake in the most money, with average earnings of around $124K annually; Hospital Pharmacists come in second with average earnings amounting to $106K, while Nursing Managers and Operations Managers rank near the top as well ($82K and approximately $79K, respectively). On the lower end are Administrative Assistants at $36K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $110K per year) can be spotted in Nashville, Tenn.; Detroit, Mich. (around $80K), the company's headquarter city of St. Louis, Mo. ($76K), and Birmingham, Ala. (about $75K) are the next top-paying cities. Indianapolis, Ind. ranks low on the pay scale — at $49K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of Tennessee; salaries there average to $108K annually.
Years of Experience
For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $70K per year. For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach around $50K annually. The greater proportion of employees (29 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $76K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $104K annually. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant can certainly pay off here; those folks make approximately $103K on average. Ascension Health provides the highest financial reward to those with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration — these employees rake in $78K per year.
When it comes to skills, Leadership seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $93K annually. A common skill in Ascension Health's work force is Project Management; close to one-eighth of survey participants report using it on the job. Three more common skills are Microsoft Excel, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
Ascension Health lets only 29 percent take paid vacation and only 22 percent take sick leave. Ascension Health workers get plenty of help saving for their golden years, with retirement savings options such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. For most workers, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of employees get dental coverage, too. Perks also include life insurance, tuition reimbursement, and 401(a).