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Executive Compensation in Rural & Critical Access Hospitals

Two recent articles from Becker’s Hospital Review provide data on CEO and CFO compensation in rural and critical access hospitals. Median compensation and 25th-75th percentile pay ranges are included for rural hospitals in four net patient revenue ranges:

  • Less than $20 million
  • $20 – $50 million
  • $50 – $100 million
  • Over $100 million

CEO median compensation was $135,594 in 2012 for rural hospitals with net patient revenue under $20M, and $358,500 for those hospitals with over $100M net revenue. Rural hospital CFO median compensation ranged from $92,123 to $214,200 in the smallest to largest hospital net patient revenue categories.

The compensation data is based on the 2012 Executive Compensation Survey for Critical Access & Rural Hospitals from Yaffe & Company, in collaboration with the National Rural Health Association. The Yaffe report also includes compensation by region, number of full-time equivalent employees, and bed size range. Survey results on incentive plans, benefits, and perquisites are covered, and compensation for chief nursing officers is provided as well.


Herman B. 12 statistics on rural hospital CEO compensation. Becker’s Hospital Review, June 10, 2013. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/compensation-issues/12-statistics-on-rural-hospital-ceo-compensation.html

Herman B. 12 statistics on rural hospital CFO compensation. Becker’s Hospital Review, June 11, 2013. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/compensation-issues/12-statistics-on-rural-hospital-cfo-compensation.html

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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