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April 17, 2019


Executive Salaries at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children

by Anne Paddock

Shriners Hospitals for Children have 22 hospitals within the hospital network, 20 of which are in the United States. For reporting purposes, Shriners Hospitals for Children are actually two 501 (c) (3)’s that report the revenue and expenses of these 20 hospitals:

  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Colorado (SHC – Colorado):  18 hospitals
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children – Massachusetts (SHC – Mass):  2 hospitals

SHC – Colorado has 5,547 employees who were compensated $418 million in 2017, which equates to an average compensation of $75,400.  667 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated individuals listed below:

  • $1,899,826:  Jeffrey Ackman, Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor
  • $1,669,604:  David Greenhalgh, Chief of Staff, Burns
  • $1,126,852:   Michael Aiona, Chief of Staff
  • $  945,206:  Salman Masud, Anesthesiologist
  • $  846,327:  Douglas Barnes, Chief of Surgery
  • $ 519,302:  John McCabe, EVP

As illustrated above, the six (6) most highly compensated individuals were male. It is also important to note the 21 Directors and Trustees listed on the Form 990 are male.

65 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation with the five highest compensated listed below – all of whom were paid for medical services:

  • $8,580,866:  The University of Texas Medical Center of Galveston, TX for medical services
  • $8,278,158:  UC Regents UC Davis Medical Center of Davis, CA for medical services
  • $3,966,692:  Pasadena Hospital Association of Pasadena, CA for medical services
  • $2,789,430:  University of Illinois of Urbana, IL for medical services
  • $2,136,422:  Greenville Hospital System of Greenville, SC for medical services

SHC – Mass has 543 employees who were compensated $36.1 million in 2017 which equates to an average compensation of $66,500.  71  employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the most highly compensated individuals listed below:

  • $626,967:  James Mooney, Chief of Staff
  • $498,185:  Prerana Patel, Orthopedic Surgeon, Assistant Professor
  • $393,367:  Rubini Pathy:  Orthopedic Surgeon, Assistant Professor
  • $311,677:  John Deweese, Orthopedic Surgeon, Assistant PRofessor
  • $286,478: John O’Neill, Administrator

Of the 5 most highly compensated individuals listed above, 4 are male (80%) while 1 is female (20%). It is also important to note the 20 trustees listed on the Form 990 are male.

Both organizations – SHC – Colorado and SHC – Mass – pay for first class travel for board members and executive staff when the flight is more than 2.5 hours.  In addition, companion travel is paid for when the companion participates in Shriners business.  And, lastly, temporary housing allowances are provided as a means to recruit employees.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017) for SHC – Colorado, click here.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017) for SHC – Mass, click here.

To read an update, click on:  Executive Compensation at Shriners Hospitals for Children (2018)

To read an update, click on:  Executive Compensation at Shriners Hospitals for Children (2019)

  1. Roger Remmad
    Jun 24 2020

    I donate to 8 charities. I just started to check salaries, WOW! I think I will just give to very local
    Charities from no on.

  2. Ray wedlund
    Jun 23 2020

    Over paid my opinion

  3. Diane Dickinson
    Apr 28 2020

    Shame on the people receiving the money they do from this organization. I won’t give because of this. I hate how they use the children in their ads to promote their wealth.

  4. Apr 26 2020

    See the following post for detail of expenses including advertising:

  5. Joe Schmoe
    Apr 26 2020

    The Massachusetts executive pay is very reasonable while the Colorado exec pay is bordering ridiculous . One question how many tens of millions if not hundreds of millions does Shriners spend on advertising the ads air three and hour on nearly every channel .

  6. Greg Reid
    Apr 16 2020

    Well, we’ll…, now you see where your ” donations ” really go. Knew it all along…, just love to see the top dawgs squirm for excuses when the reality of it all is revealed. No, you don’t need my personal info…, you just need to take the millions that’s being wasted on overpaid executives and Dr’s and put it to use on helping the sick. The next time your out in that power boat, flying dn to the beach house in that private plane, or strolling through your 6000 sq ft mansion…, just think of the kids that are doing without so you can live the lifestyle you live. Don’t want the world to see that part of who you really are…, a compassionate fraud!

  7. Sapna
    Apr 13 2020

    I was just about to give my donation but these people make way too high salary, my money is to help these children not to fund these executives. This is truly shameful. The ad of the children got me to this site. They need to change the way they pay salaries. Sorry you lost my respect. Is there any organization I can donate to works 100% interest in the people, please let me know.

  8. Pete Philips
    Jan 5 2020

    We own a small business and want to give back to a couple of responsible charities, the kids on the Shriners ads certainly draw attention, however, once we investigated the money distribution within this cause, we find it nearly impossible to donate our money where executive staff is paid such exorbitant salaries. too rich for us. Sorry.

  9. Jim m Oman
    Jan 5 2020

    I Totally agree with all of you,I was thinking of giving donation,BUT!! when I found out how much was being SUCKED OUT,,,,now I am having Strong second thoughts

  10. Sharilynn Peterson
    Dec 27 2019


    Sf. Jude is no better…

    They are all snake oil salesmen.

  11. Glen Lampa
    Dec 24 2019

    I was going to donate, but salaries are too high. I will just increase donations to St. Jude.Glen

  12. Anna Huerta
    Dec 14 2019

    I agree with Tim M. Tyson. Before I donate to any organization I want to know how much the CEO makes. While I want to donate, I too just can not justify such large salaries. Why do board members need to fly first class for flights 2.5 hours or more?

  13. Tim M Tyson
    Oct 15 2019

    How can I justify a donation when so many on staff make Sooo much $$$? Aren’t they supposed to be helping the children?

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