Workforce Metrics Benchmark Survey

Are current health care workforce staffing challenges impacting your organization’s ability to care for patients?

Maintaining operations and helping to ensure financial sustainability in an uncertain market remains a top priority for hospitals and health systems nationwide. Effectively managing the size, shape and complexity of the workforce remains a key initiative and, as organizations look to the future, there are a number of critical workforce planning questions to address:

  • How do your labor costs stack up against other health care organizations?
  • How does your salary expense distribution across different job families and job levels impact your costs?
  • Do you understand the diversity of your employee population as represented across race/ethnicity, gender and other demographic characteristics?
  • Do your leadership structures effectively support the organization’s most important asset – the clinical workforce?

About the Survey

The survey includes workforce data across 10 job families, six career-level categories and three demographic groupings to provide comprehensive insight into the following metrics:

  • SIZE: Number of full-time equivalent head count
  • SHAPE: Career stage distribution of full-time head count
  • COST: Annualized base payroll expense of the full-time equivalent head count
  • DEMOGRAPHICS: Gender, ethnicity and generational representation
  • OVERSIGHT: Management direct span of control

The above workforce metrics are reported for each of the job families and career stages listed below. The survey report includes quantitative market positioning statistics, including the 25th, 50th and 75th percentiles. Data are reported for all organizations and by employee size groupings.

  • SUPPORT JOB FAMILIES: Facilities, finance, human resources, legal and compliance and information technology
  • CLINICAL FAMILIES: Ancillary services, care management, emergency medical services, nursing and technical medical services
  • CAREER STAGES: Executive, leader, manager, exempt and nonexempt individual contributors

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Dive Deeper Into the Data

View an on-demand webinar in which SullivanCotter dives deep into some of the 2023 survey results, discusses important year-over-year- trends, and highlights key practices and insights from some of our many client engagements.

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Health care organizations are in an ongoing workforce crisis, and they continue to struggle with high turnover, employee burnout, wage pressure and other recruitment and retention challenges – utilize data from the 2023 survey results to help consider the relationships between workforce design, talent, compensation, and performance management.

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Learn About Our Full Survey Suite

Gaining access to the right data is paramount. SullivanCotter’s proprietary survey data provides the intelligence and insights you’ll need to confidently navigate the compensation journey and make highly-informed decisions.

Enhanced Report Delivery

This year’s compensation and pay practices benchmarks will continue to be delivered via SullivanCotter’s web-based Benchmarks360™ product suite — providing users with self-serve analytics dashboards for their unique reporting needs.

2023 Workforce Metrics Benchmark Survey

Contribute to Gain Participation Privileges

Your participation ensures that your data are part of this valuable resource, providing you with robust, comprehensive information used by health care organizations across all market segments. In addition, participants receive exclusive, discounted pricing on valuable data and reports and early access to survey results.

Participation in our surveys is made easy through our online data collection tool

Report Pricing (*Based on Organization Size – FTEs)

The 2023 report contains workforce data from 62 health care organizations representing a combined workforce of more than 830,000 FTEs across 10 job families.


  • Less than 1,000 FTEs: $975
  • 1,000 – 5,000 FTEs: $1,475
  • 5,001 – 10,000 FTEs: $1,975
  • Greater than 10,000 FTEs: $2,475


  • Less than 1,000 FTEs: $975
  • 1,000 – 5,000 FTEs: $2,975
  • 5,001 – 10,000 FTEs: $3,975
  • Greater than 10,000 FTEs: $4,975

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact our Survey Team by phone at 888.739.7039 or by email at

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