Health Administration Salary Guide

People who pursue a career as a health care administrator are passionate about making an impact in health care management. They see the many challenges that lie ahead in the health care world: meeting the needs of an aging population, integrating health care delivery systems, initiating technological innovations, traversing the complex regulatory environment, increasing focus on preventive care, and meeting the demand for increased efficiency in health care facilities and quality of care provided. To successfully meet these challenges, they know they must get the best training available, and they are willing to commit the time and money to do just that.

While passion, mission and challenge are prime motivators for health care administrators, salary is also a factor in choosing this career path. The wide range of opportunities in this field makes it difficult to calculate an exact median salary for a “health administrator.” Compensation for specialists in charge of a specific clinical department will differ from generalists who manage an entire facility or system. Location, education and years of experience also factor into the salary of a health administrator.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does provide some national estimates for medical and health services managers, defined as managers who plan, direct or coordinate medicine and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, public health agencies or similar organizations. Here are the most recent statistics as of May 2009.

National Employment Estimate and Mean Wage Estimates

Employment Employment RSE (relative standard error) Mean Hourly Wage Mean Annual Wage Wage RSE
271,710 0.6% $43.74 $90,970 0.4%

National Percentile Wage Estimate

Percentile 10% 25% 50% (Median) 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $23.92 $30.62 $39.350 $50.95 $67.45
Annual Wage $49,750 $63,700 $81,850 $105,980 $140,30

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also provides additional salary information for medical and health services managers according to select industry, state and metropolitan area. Go to http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes119111.htm#top for more information.

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