Healthcare executive salary drops 12.9%; nurse salary down 3.1% — 5 notes on declining exec, nurse pay

While physician and advanced practitioner salaries rose this past year, healthcare executives and nurses experienced a pay decrease, according to HealthITNews.

Health eCareers' 2016 Healthcare Salary Guide surveyed 19,754 healthcare professionals.

Here are five notes:

1. Health and hospital executive salary fell 12.9 percent, hitting $134,632.

2. Registered nurses' salary totaled $61,875 this year, representing a 3.1 percent decrease.

3. However, physician assistants had a 4.3 percent uptick in salary, reaching $105,858 in 2016.

4. Nurse practitioners had an average salary of $100,549, up 5.3 percent from 2015.

5. Of those surveyed, 30 percent are seeking a new job. Various factors spurring respondents to find new jobs include higher pay, more challenging and rewarding work, better hours as well as wanting to participate in a different organization.

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