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ASCs Invest More in Benefits, Less in Individual Bonus Pay ASCA surveys also reveal small salary increases since 2012 BY ROBERT KURTZ


SCs across the country invest more in employee benefits and pay

modestly higher salaries to nearly all staff today than in 2012, according to an analysis of data from ASCA’s recently released 2015 ASC Salary and Benefits Survey report and ASCA’s 2012 survey. The analysis also shows that while more ASCs pay bonuses to more staff, the amounts of those bonuses are slightly under those paid in 2012, the last year ASCA conducted its compensation survey. The 2015 survey results, collected from 846 participants, include data on 20 ASC job positions, employee bene- fits and ASC demographics. While the percentage of ASCs

offering health insurance benefits to their employees is unchanged from 2012—it remains at 97 percent—many other benefits saw big increases. The percentage of ASCs offering domestic partner health insurance increased 19 percent compared to 2012, while the percentage of ASCs offering retire- ment benefits increased by 18 percent to 94 percent. The benefit showing the biggest increase was tuition support: 52 percent of ASCs now offer some form of support, up from 28 percent in 2012.

Other benefits seeing notable increases since 2012 include family health insurance (9 percent), vision insurance (8 percent) and life insur- ance (6 percent). As a median, benefits now account for nearly 15 percent of an ASC’s total compensation costs.

Salaries and Bonuses on the Rise The survey results reveal that ASCs are spending more on their employees in other ways as well. Staff salaries saw almost across-the-board increases. The salaries for materials managers led the way, increasing 9 percent since 2012.


who hold the credential, the median salary for administrators at ASCs that require the certification is 19 percent higher than for those who work in ASCs where the credential is not required.

A Typical ASC

Directors of nursing saw their salaries increase an average of 6 percent, while administrator and business office man- ager salaries increased 5 percent. Most other salaries increased between 3 and 5 percent. The

number of ASCs paying

administrators a bonus increased from 69 percent in 2012 to 84 percent in 2015. Seventy-four percent of all ASCs now pay the head of their nursing staff a bonus, up from 60 percent in 2012, while 73 percent of ASCs now pay their business office manager a bonus, up from 61 percent. A majority of materials managers now receive a bonus, up from 47 percent in 2012 to 63 percent in 2015.

While the number of managers

receiving bonuses increased since 2012, the amounts of those individual bonuses decreased. The median business office manager and materials manager bonus decreased more than 25 percent, the median director of nursing bonuses decreased more than 10 percent and administrator bonuses decreased 3 percent. The survey report also reveals that 14 percent require their administrators to hold the Certified Administrator Sur- gery Center (CASC) credential. While not all ASCs pay higher salaries to those

See the Full Report The results of ASCA’s 2015 survey are now available at www.ascassociation. org/salarysurvey. ASCs that completed more than 50 percent of the survey can access the final report for free. Others can

purchase online access to the

final results. ASCs can use the data to determine how their ASC’s compensation package compares to similar ASCs. The report can also serve as a valuable tool for ASCs that want to offer salary and benefits packages that will attract and retain the best employees.

In addition to providing valuable insight into ASC salaries and bene- fits, ASCA’s 2015 survey also reveals interesting demographic information. Ninety-five percent of all ASCs that completed the survey have physicians in their ownership mix. Most—59 per- cent—are multi-specialty facilities. The top four most common specialties reported by the single-specialty ASCs are ophthalmology (11 percent of all ASCs), gastroenterology (10 percent), orthopedics (8 percent) and pain man- agement (4 percent).

ASCs that completed the survey

also reported a median of 12 years in business, 19 full-time employees and a little more than 3,700 annual cases. A majority (52 percent) of ASCs said that they are located in suburban areas, with 35 percent indicating that they are located in the South, 23 percent in the West, 22 percent in the Midwest and 19 percent in the Northeast.

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