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Mayo Clinic to give 2 percent pay raises in 2017

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Mayo Clinic recently announced "salary adjustments" for its allied health staff, the Post Bulletin has learned.

In a memo released last month, Mayo announced staff would see pay ranges increase by 2 percent. Those adjustments would be "calculated by multiplying the new pay range maximum by 3 percent" for allied health staff in Arizona, Florida and Rochester, all shared service staff and Mayo Clinic Health System staff.

The increases take effect Feb. 22 for Mayo campuses in Arizona, Florida and Rochester. Staff at MCHS, must wait a little longer, until June 28, to see an increase in their paychecks.

Mayo declined to confirm the raises detailed in the internal memo or explain the language that was used, but Mayo Vice President Bobbi Gostout and Mayo administrator Mark Koch created a video to explain how the delay will "help ensure the affordability of this year's salary adjustment for Mayo Clinic Health System."

"This salary increase is a recognition of our staff's dedication and skill," Mayo President and CEO John Noseworthy said in the internal memo. "Through their compassion and hard work, Mayo staff bring hope and healing to our patients every day."

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Mayo is the largest private employer in Minnesota, with 34,175 on staff as of July 31, 2016, Mayo spokeswoman Kelley Luckstein said this fall. It made headlines in 2016 when Modern Healthcare listed Methodist and Saint Marys hospitals in Rochester as two of the most profitable hospitals in the country.

In 2014, Mayo employees received a 2.5 percent salary increase — except for 427 research technologists, whose pay remained unchanged. Many years such increases are not publicly disclosed.

The upcoming changes at Mayo appear to be in line with other local changes in salary. Olmsted County employees received a 3 percent increase for 2017 and Rochester city employees, the city council and mayor got 2.75 percent raises.

Mayo issued the following written response to inquiries about pay raises.

"Mayo Clinic's compensation program is competitive, and salary adjustments are made based on market trends and affordability," Luckstein wrote. "Mayo Clinic is committed to a compensation and benefits program that supports the mission of Mayo Clinic. Salary increases allow us to continue to attract and retain the best employees and staff who make Mayo Clinic a destination for providing hope and healing. Specific details about the program are not shared publicly."

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