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ASCA’s 2012 ASC Salary & Benefits Survey Reports Modest Increase in Most Salaries

CASC-certified administrators with a clinical background report higher earnings than those without the credential. BY JOE HORNIG


verall, most salaries for ASC em- ployees rose slightly in 2012, ac-

cording to ASCA’s 2012 Salary & Ben- efits Survey.* Nationally, administrator salaries increased by 5%, business office manager salaries by 3.6%, director of nursing salaries by 3.3% and materials manager salaries by 1.2%. Also according to the report, medi- cal directors and administrators who worked in single-specialty ASCs had higher median salaries than those who worked in multi-specialty ASCs. Con- versely, business officer managers, di- rectors of nursing, materials managers and registered nurses who worked in multi-specialty ASCs had higher me- dian salaries than those who worked in single-specialty ASCs.

Median Salary Distribution

By region, New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico boasted the high- est median salaries for eight dif- ferent positions, including admin- istrator, medical director, certified nursing assistant, instrument tech- nician, licensed practical nurse, ra- diology technician, scheduling clerk and maintenance/cleaning staff.

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, on the other hand, had the lowest median salaries for eight positions, including direc- tor of nursing, business office man- ager, licensed practical nurse, surgical technologist, insurance clerk, recep- tionist/admitting clerk, scheduling clerk and maintenance/cleaning staff.

For the first time, results from ASCA’s 2012 ASC Employee Salary & Benefits Survey are now available to ASCA members online at www.

One of the key findings from this year’s

survey was the benefit of being CASC (Certified Administrator Surgery Center) certified. Without the CASC certification, an administrator with a clinical back- ground had a median salary of $92,872. With the CASC certification, however, an administrator with a clinical background had a median salary of $110,000. This year, ASCA’s Salary & Ben-

efits Survey collected salary data for three new positions—certified nursing assistant, surgical assistant and surgical technologist. It also collected specialty- specific salary data for six positions— medical director, administrator, business office manager, director of nursing, ma- terials manager and registered nurse. The survey also revealed that, nation-

ally, 22% of ASCs found that it was more difficult to recruit new employees in 2012 than it was in 2011, 68% found the re- cruitment climate to be the same as 2011 and 9% found it to be easier than 2011. Regionally, the recruitment environ- ment improved the most in Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii and Nevada, where 20% of ASCs reported that re- cruiting new employees was easier in 2012 than it was in 2011 and 64% re- ported that it was the same. ASCs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas experi-


enced the most difficulty recruiting new employees as 36% reported that recruit- ing had become more difficult in 2012 compared to 2011. Only 2% reported that it had gotten easier. Survey results also found that a large percentage of ASCs offer a wide variety of employee benefits. Nationally, 97% of ASCs offer health insurance, 84% offer family health insurance and 79% offer life insurance. In addition, 76% of ASCs nationwide offer a pension or retirement plan as well as flexible hours. ASCA has been conducting this sur-

vey since 1986. This year, 1,122 ASCs participated. The final report provides national salary and benefits data for 19 ASC positions, state-specific reports for 27 states and state-based regional infor- mation for California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas.

ASCA members can access the full results of the 2012 ASC Employee Salary & Benefits survey free at www.ascasso- Nonmembers can purchase the results of the survey at

Best Benefits States

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming had the highest

percentages of

ASCs that offer employee benefits, including health insurance, family health insurance, conferences and a pension or retirement plan. One hundred percent of the ASCs that participated in the survey from this region offered health insurance.

In contrast, Connecticut, Maine, Mas- sachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont had the lowest percentages for many employee ben- efits, including health insurance, den- tal insurance, vision insurance and conferences. Only 26% of ASCs that participated in the survey from this region offered vision insurance.

* The data reported in ASCA’s 2012 Salary & Benefits Survey is necessarily limited to information received from persons responding to the survey and should not be viewed as representative of the entire field.


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