Despite the pending health care regulatory changes impactingreimbursements – not to mention the prolonged uncertainty in themarkets – health care organizations have continued to add employeesin 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and manyhealthcare professionals are receiving pay increases as demand for them increases,according to the Health eCareers 2017–2018 Salary Guide.

Indeed, the online jobsite’s survey of nearly 20,000 healthcareprofessionals found that 87 percent of the respondents are beingpaid more or the same as last year. Moreover, 46 percent are veryconfident they can find a new position in their field, as thepatient base increases – and as more baby boomer health careprofessionals retire.

Not surprisingly, physicians and surgeons report the highestaverage income at $258,039, followed by executives ($158,637),physician assistants ($108,311) and nurse practitioners ($102,523).Registered nurses, while only No. 11 on the list of health careearners, average $70,734 per year, a 5 percent increase over 2016’spay.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.