How is Pittsburgh’s Healthcare Market Impacting Your Pay?

If you are a hospital worker in Pittsburgh, it’s not just a feeling… you likely are earning less, even as workloads increase.

While working conditions for hospital workers are too low nationally, studies have shown that in Pittsburgh, as UPMC’s labor market power grows, wages and staffing are reduced.

UPMC’s monopoly over healthcare in the region causes Pittsburgh hospital workers to earn lower wages and take on higher workloads than in other comparable cities.

  • For every 10% increase in UPMC’s market share in an area, hospital worker wages are depressed by 30 to 50 cents per hour, across all hospital workers.
  • Staff-to-patient standards are nearly 20% lower in UPMC hospitals than elsewhere.

Complete the calculator to see how this many have impacted your wages.

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The results shared above are an estimate. Your actual wage penalty may be greater or less, depending on your specific position, facility, situation, or years of experience. The results shown here are intended to be an estimate or average, based on wage studies, market comparisons, and other recent research.

This research – along with more information about how UPMC’s monopoly power and corporate practices hurt workers and patients – can be found in a landmark antitrust complaint that workers filed with the Department of Justice in 2023. You can read the full report here.

Source: Strategic Organizing Center, Complaint Against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Regarding Potential Attempted and
Actual Monopolization and Monopsonization In Violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act, May 18, 2023, (accessed July 26, 2023).