Geisinger Health System announces increases to minimum hire rate, shift differential and on-call rates

Posted On On: August 27, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

Danville, PA – Officials at Geisinger Health System announced today the implementation of a $10 per hour minimum hire rate and increases to shift differential and on-call rates, effective September 6, 2015. The estimated annualized cost for these increases is approximately $3.31 million.

“It is important to maintain our long history as a high quality employer and even more important to take care of our employees who are providing excellent care to our patients,” said Amy Brayford, Geisinger Chief Human Resources Officer.  “Our decision to increase these rates as part of our overall competitive compensation and benefits programs will help us to continue to retain and hire the best employees.”

In addition to raising the minimum hire rate, some employees will receive an adjustment to move them higher in the pay range.

Over 1,000 employees will be positively impacted as a result of the change to the minimum hire rate, ranging from $500 to $4,000 annually with an average increase of $1,400 per year for full time employees. Sample job titles receiving increases include but are not limited to dietary aide, housekeeping aide, care assistant, image scan operator, receptionist, file clerk, home care aide, personal care assistant, environmental services worker, food service worker, patient transporter and hospitality shop aide.

For most non-union employees throughout the health system the shift differential will increase from $1.50 per hour to $1.75 per hour for both second (evening) and third (night) shifts and the on-call rate will increase from $2 per hour to $2.50 per hour. Areas with shift differentials or on-call rates that are already equal to, higher or are covered by a contract will remain at the current rate.

Overall, Geisinger spends approximately $1.9 billion annually in wages and benefits for its employees. A recent report by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) indicates that Geisinger annually contributes more than $8.9 billion to the local, regional and state economy in wages and purchases from Pennsylvania suppliers and other businesses.


About Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As one of the nation’s largest rural health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 3 million residents throughout 48 counties in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of approximately 23,500 employees, including a 1,200-member multi-specialty group practice, nine hospital campuses, two research centers and a 467,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $8.9 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook