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Mayo Clinic workers will see raise in pay beginning Tuesday

Employees receive at least 2.5 percent increase

By Bob Freund

freund@postbulletin.com

Mayo Clinic medical staff, along with thousands of support workers, will find larger checks -- or direct-deposit statements -- when they rip open their pay envelopes next week.

Tuesday is the first payday for raises announced in late February affecting nearly all doctors, nurses and "allied health" workers at Mayo Clinic Rochester. The main exception is unionized workers, whose wages are tied to multi-year labor contracts.

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Employees will get at least a 2.5 percent bump because of a general increase in salary ranges, Mayo spokesman Chris Gade said. But the raises could be larger for some workers. Gade said he could not estimate a typical increase.

The latest pay increases took effect in the two-week pay period beginning Feb. 25.

Gade said the clinic can raise pay in two ways. This year, it boosted all salary ranges for its jobs. That is the source of the 2.5 percent increase. Second, employees move within those ranges based on their own circumstances. For example, some advance from one level to another while the bracket itself is climbing.

The raises apply to employees who meet performance standards, but "it's not a merit situation," Gade said.

Mayo now reviews wage scales every February and adjusts them to specific geographic and professional markets.

"Our commitment to our staff is to making our salaries competitive with the market," Gade said. For example, the pay advances received at Mayo Rochester differ from those of Mayo Clinic campuses at Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale, Ariz., he said.

They also differ from those for employees working for Mayo Health Systems. That is a regional network of more than 60 clinic-controlled hospitals and primary care facilities in a radius of about 120 miles from Mayo's home campus in Rochester.

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