16. Scripps Health
Scripps Health
Average total pay: $133,265
For: Manager/ Director*
Best companies rank: 56

If patients are happy, then employees are happy at Scripps Health. Since 2007, the health system operator's "Success Shares" program -- based in large part on patient satisfaction scores -- has paid out $26.7 million in bonuses -- $8.9 million of which were in 2010. Right before the holidays last year, managers handed out PayDay candy bars -- along with checks averaging nearly $800 apiece.

Scripps closely monitors its salaries against industry trends. The company has invested $25 million to bring its salaries in line with market benchmarks (and for merit increases). Registered nurses there make nearly $91,000 as a base salary, plus nearly $18,000 in additional cash compensation on average. The number of nurses who made $100,000 or more doubled in 2010.

*Most common salaried job
By Robert Levering and Milton Moskowitz @FortuneMagazine - Last updated January 24 2012: 2:54 PM ET
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