HOW DID HOSPITALISTS do when it came to getting pandemic bonuses? Data from the 2022 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey show that just under one-quarter of hospitalists—21%—received one of these bonuses, and that the average amount was under $8,000.
Here’s a look at data from our survey on pandemic bonuses for hospitalists.
Who received a pandemic bonus?
About 18% of nonacademic adult hospitalists reported receiving a pandemic bonus, compared to 33% of academic hospitalists. About one-quarter of program directors (24%) likewise received one.
Hospitalists who are paid based on a combination of salary and productivity were more likely (25%) to receive a pandemic bonus. Among hospitalists paid only on salary, 16% received a bonus. And among hospitalists paid based only on productivity, an even lower number—13%—received a pandemic bonus.
Our data appear to show a link between pandemic bonuses and hospitalist satisfaction. Of hospitalists who said they’re very satisfied with their career, 27% received a bonus. Of those who said they’re dissatisfied with their career, 11% received a bonus.
How much were pandemic bonuses?
On average, adult hospitalists who received a pandemic bonus received $7,800. About one-third of hospitalists reported receiving a bonus of $1,000 to $3,000. About 26% received bonuses of $10,000 and up.
Bonus amounts were higher for pediatric hospitalists ($13,396) than for adult hospitalists ($7,800).
Pandemic bonuses were also higher for academic hospitalists ($7,888) than nonacademic hospitalists ($6,590).
Finally, hospitalists working at the biggest hospitals received the biggest pandemic bonuses.
Hospitalists working at facilities with more than 500 beds, for example, received pandemic bonuses averaging $12,589. Hospitals with under 100 beds gave their hospitalists pandemic bonuses averaging much less: $4,265.
For more survey data, see Today’s Hospitalist’s 2022 Salary Survey data.