COVID-19 Hospital Salaries: How Much Do These Hospital Workers Make During the Pandemic?

Updated on April 15, 2020
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When most people think of hospital workers, they immediately picture the physicians who drive sports cars and rake in six-figure salaries.

However, hospitals consist of more than just specialty surgeons. In fact, during this COVID-19 crisis, the whole of the workers at hospitals matters more than ever.

Hospital salaries vary from person to person. Keep reading to learn about how much hospital workers make on average. 

Hospital Salaries Vary

There are approximately 6,140 hospitals currently in the United States. You may wonder, “how much do hospitals make?” This answer varies from facility to facility as well, since the facilities vary from surgeon-owned specialty hospitals to rural, community hospitals. 

A hospital doctor’s salary, however, stays about the same. It looks about like you would expect, varying from approximately $160,000 for internists to more than $240,000 for specialty surgeons. 

Beyond Doctors

While a hospital needs doctors, doctors do not make up the whole of the hospital. All of the hospital staff makes up the whole of the building, and this pandemic is affecting them too; 

The average hospital worker made about $34 an hour and worked just over 37 hours a week on average, according to preliminary government data from January 2019.

These workers vary from the janitors and cleaners who make a little under $30,000 to the six-figure specialty docs. 

Each job has its place. Here’s a basic breakdown of what each job earns: 

  • Janitors, Orderlies, Nursing Assistants, and Cooks all earn in the $30,000 to $31,000 range. 
  • PHlebotomists, security guards, EMTs, and pharmacy techs make between $35,000 and $39,000
  • Medical records, health information tech, and surgical techs make between $46,000 and $48,000. 
  • Lab techs make around $55,000. 
  • Public relations, dietitians, nutritionists, radiology techs, and healthcare social workers earn between $62,000 and $64,000.
  • Lab Techs make $55,000.
  • Registered nurses and nuclear med techs earn around $78,000.
  • Physical therapists make nearly $90,000.
  • Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical and health service managers earn between $110,000 and $120,00. 
  • Hospital pharmacists earn $125,000. 
  • Financial managers earn $146,000. 
  • Internists make $164,000. 
  • A nurse anesthetist earns $186,000.  
  • Doctors range from $206,000 for general practitioners up to $226,000 for surgeons. 
  • Hospital chief executives make $242,000. 

Some of these salaries remain the same amid the COVID crisis. However, a few changes are now on the cusp. 

When the Hospital Is Slammed

The cities that are experiencing the biggest quantity of COVID patients are seeing h hospitals overrun. New York City, in particular, has been slammed with patients

These doctors, nurses, and hospital workers are working overtime and maintaining the same salaries. 

When Work Goes Down

New York City, though, is not the norm among the other 6,400 hospitals. 

Most hospitals in the United States have canceled elective surgeries, and work has gone down 30 to 50 percent as a result of these cancellations.

No one is scheduling liposuction or knee replacements at this time. Since volume-based contracts have gone down, hospitals are now losing money. 

In some places, hospitals have dropped physician pay and begun to prepare doctors to modify their roles. 

Basic accounting will not change at the hospital, so the billers and accounts receivable still have jobs. A hospital will not have to go to a free paystub generator quite yet. 

Pivoting Roles

Hospital workers have had to pivot. They need to both prepare for the surge of COVID-19 patients by canceling their regular appointments. 

Providers have had to change their roles to prepare to help the patient with an infectious disease. This will help them maintain their salaries as well.  

Changing Times

Basic hospital salaries will most likely not change with this crisis since people still need hospitals. Appendecitiuses and heart attacks still happen, after all. 

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The Editorial Team at Healthcare Business Today is made up of skilled healthcare writers and experts, led by our managing editor, Daniel Casciato, who has over 25 years of experience in healthcare writing. Since 1998, we have produced compelling and informative content for numerous publications, establishing ourselves as a trusted resource for health and wellness information. We offer readers access to fresh health, medicine, science, and technology developments and the latest in patient news, emphasizing how these developments affect our lives.