Socio-economic survey

Socio-Economic Survey

The purpose of the NERVES Socio-Economic Survey is to provide general benchmarking data to neurosurgery practices. Historically, surveys prepared by other national organizations have not resulted in relevant benchmarking statistics for neurosurgery practices. Our goal is to provide useful data regarding total practice statistics as well as provider production, compensations, operating costs, and support staff specific to neurosurgery practices and related specialties.

A printed copy of the report can be purchased online or by calling NERVES at 704-940-7386. NERVES members can purchase the Survey for $2,000; non-members for $2,500.


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Table of Contents (Click here to view full TOC)

1. Executive Summary

2. Total Practice Reports & Relevant Issues

3. Neurosurgery Reports (Physician-owned, Hospital-owned, Academic)

  • Neurosurgeon Compensation and Benefits
  • Neurosurgeon Production (Collections, Case Volume, WRVUs)
  • Neurosurgery Call Pay
  • Neurosurgery Practice Data

4. Academic Practice Information

  • Academic Practice Ownership
  • Financial Support Provided by Affiliated Teaching Hospital/Medical School
  • Annual Compensation and WRVUs

5. Other Provider Reports

  • Nurse Practitioner Compensation, Benefits & Production
  • Physician Assistant Compensation, Benefits & Production
  • Other Providers (Pain Management, Physiatrist, Neurologist)

6. Administrative Leadership

7. Year-to-Year Comparative Report

MethodologyNERVES survey screen

The NERVES Socio-Economic survey was developed by members of the NERVES board and the healthcare consulting and accounting firm of Katz, Sapper & Miller. The Survey is conducted each year and results are based upon completed questionnaires received from neurosurgery practices from around the nation. Utilizing an independent accounting firm (KSM) assures the survey data input remains confidential and is managed and published in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission requirements.

Featured Publications

Reimbursement patterns for neurosurgery: Analysis of the NERVES survey results from 2011–2016
Omar Awan, et al. | Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Volume 184, September 2019


Neurosurgeon Compensation: Major Surveys’ Findings Reflect a Constantly Shifting Marketplace
Bonnie Darves | Neurosurgery Market Watch
Volume 8, Number 3, Fall 2018


Lessons Learned at the NERVES Annual Meeting
Nancy Timmons | Inside Neurosurgeon | NERVES
AANS Neurosurgeon: Volume 26, Number 2, 2017