Home 2022 Compensation & Career Guide Survey Results Hospitalist program directors: a look at how much they earn

Hospitalist program directors: a look at how much they earn

October 2022

In the 2022 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey, program directors reported a mean compensation of $377,730 for 2021. The largest percentage–40.3%–say their income in 2021 fell between $300,000 and $349,999, but a significant number—27.9%—reported earning $400,000 or more. Take a look at our slides for more data.

When we asked if income for program directors went up or down in 2021 from the previous year, about 60% said their income went up by an average of 14%. While 39.5% of hospitalist program directors said their incomes had remained the same from the previous year, 11.2% said their income fell in 2021. In contrast, data from our last survey in 2019 reported an average compensation of $339,071 for program directors. Compared to this year’s data, program director compensation grew 11.4% in the three years since our last survey.

When it comes to income from extra shifts, about 60% of hospitalist program directors received enough income from extra shifts that it accounted for 12.5% of their annual income in 2021. Just over 37% of hospitalist program directors said received no extra income from extra shifts in 2021.

For more information on program directors, read Program directors: gender gap and career longevity.

As for how they’re paid, 80% of hospitalist program directors reported earning a combination of salary and incentives. About one in five (18.9%) said they’re paid straight salary alone, and 1.1% said their paid based on productivity.

Hospitalist program directors report earning more money from bonuses and incentives than other hospitalists. While program directors reported a mean bonus of $51,938, non-academic full-time hospitalists treating adults earned $42,876, while full-time academic hospitalists earned $27,451.

Those bonus/incentive amounts added up to a mean of 15.8% of program directors’ annual income in 2021.

Three-fourths (76.1%) of hospitalist program directors said they did not receive a pandemic-related bonus. But those who did reported a mean amount of $12,026, which is about twice the $6,590 non-academic full-time hospitalists who treat adults reported getting in pandemic-related bonuses.

Want to know more? An executive summary of our adult hospitalist survey results is available for purchase here.

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