Working in healthcare administration or the healthcare management industry can be a very rewarding career for those interested in working to help people without spending many years on their education. Many workers in this industry work regular 9 to 5 hours from Monday through Friday with weekends and holidays off. However, you need to be aware that, as some medical facilities don’t close for evening or holidays, you may be required to work overnight, weekend, or holiday shifts if you work at these facilities. Some of the places you may work include:

  • Hospitals
  • Government Agencies
  • Clinics
  • Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Outpatient Care Facilities
  • Colleges
  • Hospices
  • Research Laboratories
  • And More

For those who wish to pursue a career in healthcare administration and management, there are many employment opportunities available, such as:

  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Patient Access Manager
  • Facility Administrator in Healthcare
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Healthcare Enrollment Specialist
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Patient Care Manager

Healthcare Administrator Career Earnings and Salary Outlook

It doesn't matter what your job title is when it comes to earnings what matters most is who you work for. For example, a healthcare administrator working in a clinic may earn $43,600 annually, whereas healthcare administrators who work in a science research lab may earn an annual salary of $88,600.

Another example: Working as a healthcare consultant for a mid-sized outpatient clinic wouldn’t take half the work as working for a University Medical Center with thousands of more clients. Therefore, a healthcare consultant may earn $42,800 at an outpatient clinic but, working at a university medical center, a healthcare consultant may earn around $96,800, more than twice as much.

Healthcare Administration Positions and Average Salary

Occupations Entry Level Mid-Career Late-Career
Community Support Manager $30,000 $45,000 $84,000
Training and Development Manager $51,000 $77,000 $116,000
Hospital CEO $72,000 $153,000 $306,000
Health Insurance Specialist $47,000 $60,000 $102,000
Human Resource Manager $48,000 $68,000 $95,000
Healthcare Administrator $41,000 $70,000 $112,000
Healthcare Consultant $53,000 $78,000 $123,000
Hospice Care and Case Managers $53,000 $70,000 $81,000
Hospital Administrator $50,000 $88,000 $153,000
Mental Health Program Manager $40,000 $58,000 $87,000
Patient Access Supervisor $44,000 $60,000 $82,000

**Salary info from PayScale, Getting a degree does not guarantee these salary averages

Career Choices and Education Levels

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Another thing that has a major impact on your earnings is your education level.

To enter the healthcare management field, a bachelor’s degree is required by most employers. However, many employers would prefer you to hold a master’s and at least some experience in the field. Whether you hold a bachelor’s or a master’s, your degree should be from an accredited college or university and can be in any of the following:

Those who seek to hire employees with a master’s degree usually pay more wages than those who will hire you with just a bachelor’s. For example, someone who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work, nursing, or a related field can gain employment as a patient care manager at an assisted living facility where they may earn an annual salary of $62,700 to start, where someone with a master’s degree can get the same job at the same facility, but with a starting salary of $69,800.

City Income
Orlando, FL $45,000
Washington, D.C. $78,100
Seattle, WA $85,000
Houston, TX $70,800
Los Angeles, CA $81,200
Denver, CO $78,600
New York, NY $70,800
Memphis, TN $52,500
Phoenix, AZ $102,500
Chicago, IL $90,600
Salt Lake City, UT $71,900
Boston, MA $72,400
City Income
Houston, TX $80,000
Los Angeles, CA $85,400
Salt Lake City, UT $82,300
Ann Arbor, MI $75,000
Atlanta, GA $72,200
Kansas City, MO $54,600
New York, NY $88,400
Phoenix, AZ $82,000
Washington, D.C. $76,500
Seattle, WA $99,300
Denver, CO $83,600
Austin, TX $65,200
City Income
Kansas City, MO $73,300
Atlanta, GA $73,400
Phoenix, AZ $78,000
Denver, CO $66,000
Dallas, TX $74,100
Oklahoma City, OK $63,300
Cleveland, OH $61,000
Portland, OR $68,000
Pittsburgh, PA $54,000
City Income
Houston, TX $101,200
Los Angeles, CA $105,000
Baltimore, MD $100,000
Chicago, IL $97,400
New York, NY $95,000
Washington, D.C. $58,400
Boston, MA $89,000
Philadelphia, PA $78,000
Seattle, WA $85,000
City Income
Richmond, VA $45,000
Denver, CO $66,900
Boston, MA $103,200
Portland, OR $76,000
Los Angeles, CA $58,400
San Francisco, CA $99,500
New York, NY $72,300
Toledo, OH $53,000
San Jose, CA $58,500
City Income
Atlanta, GA $51,450
Seattle, WA $58,600
Austin, TX $48,000
St. Louis, MO $51,600
Chicago, IL $59,600
New York, NY $62,100
Philadelphia, PA $50,600
Nashville, TN $55,200
Miami, FL $50,200
Cleveland, OH $46,900
Tampa, FL $52,400
Baton Rouge, LA $41,400

**Salary info from PayScale

Salary Outlook for Healthcare Administration Professionals

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The median annual salary for health and medical services managers in May 2018 was $99,700. This means that this was more than the wages earned by half of the workers in the health administration industry and less than the other half earned. 10% earned the lowest which was less than $58,700, and 10% earned the highest which was over $182,600.

Healthcare support occupations, such as occupational therapy assistants, medical transcriptionists, and home health aides in May 2018 saw a median annual wage of $29,700, which was lower than the median yearly wages for all occupations in the industry.

Positions in healthcare management services are expected to increase more than any other occupational fields. In fact, from 2016 to 2026 the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects healthcare occupations to grow 20%, which is much faster than average for all occupations.

This growth is projected due to the baby-boom population aging and remaining active, leading to a higher demand for healthcare services. In addition, administrators in the healthcare field will be retiring in the next decade and will need to be replaced. Therefore, employment prospects for health and medical services managers are very favorable. Those who hold a masters in healthcare administration or related are expected to have the best prospects.

The greater the need for physicians and healthcare providers grows, the more administrative staff and managers will be needed to integrate, manage, and organize information and medical records in all areas of the healthcare industry.

Medical and Health Services Managers Salary by State

STATE Mean Annual Wage Annual 10th Percentile Wage Annual 25th Percentile Wage Annual Median Wage Annual 90th Percentile Wage
Alabama $94,160 $54,170 $66,350 $82,960 $145,990
Alaska $113,990 $64,140 $76,160 $102,750 $184,650
Arizona $120,280 $57,830 $77,460 $103,960 $204,990
Arkansas $87,290 $50,620 $62,250 $76,580 $129,500
California $133,040 $65,140 $88,220 $122,880 $207,610
Colorado $120,040 $63,610 $82,000 $108,940 $188,510
Connecticut $128,970 $73,610 $89,120 $108,520 NA
Delaware $131,540 $73,640 $91,020 $115,290 NA
District of Columbia $150,040 $84,290 $106,320 $133,680 NA
Florida $106,710 $51,220 $68,320 $92,810 $177,790
Georgia $107,610 $45,520 $66,680 $94,320 $185,800
Hawaii $133,320 $75,290 $95,460 $118,350 NA
Idaho $94,960 $48,520 $64,110 $88,160 $148,560
Illinois $125,330 $63,580 $81,010 $105,270 NA
Indiana $102,300 $53,520 $69,390 $90,660 $159,960
Iowa $87,940 $54,060 $64,970 $78,500 $130,130
Kansas $94,060 $53,660 $67,930 $86,040 $142,200
Kentucky $90,280 $52,540 $66,180 $81,660 $136,120
Louisiana $102,210 $61,020 $75,250 $93,260 $153,080
Maine $95,600 $60,090 $72,510 $89,830 $133,600
Maryland $126,340 $76,400 $92,130 $113,150 $191,660
Massachusetts $132,960 $65,810 $85,650 $114,340 NA
Michigan $108,740 $55,290 $71,390 $93,660 $179,330
Minnesota $112,780 $67,590 $80,120 $101,510 $166,680
Mississippi $96,210 $49,270 $65,490 $84,950 $152,660
Missouri $111,450 $60,100 $76,550 $98,460 $169,530
Montana $97,230 $59,800 $73,290 $90,640 $139,530
Nebraska $118,560 $63,590 $79,760 $102,680 $201,130
Nevada $119,030 $64,420 $85,440 $110,270 $178,450
New Hampshire $119,780 $67,080 $80,810 $102,550 $194,860
New Jersey $120,650 $82,850 $94,900 $113,430 $167,820
New Mexico $126,820 $70,780 $86,830 $106,320 NA
New York $147,000 $76,380 $97,510 $126,780 NA
North Carolina $118,020 $68,960 $82,530 $101,840 $187,300
North Dakota $124,470 $69,090 $83,890 $109,140 NA
Ohio $102,860 $56,260 $71,420 $91,690 $161,290
Oklahoma $94,460 $50,590 $63,270 $81,580 $147,760
Oregon $121,690 $65,040 $84,470 $107,630 $196,340
Pennsylvania $98,560 $53,600 $68,640 $89,420 $150,070
Rhode Island $131,500 $72,620 $92,270 $116,880 NA
South Carolina $101,990 $54,170 $71,210 $90,830 $158,040
South Dakota $105,260 $68,240 $79,360 $98,940 $142,670
Tennessee $102,070 $52,040 $68,720 $90,690 $162,410
Texas $107,880 $53,470 $72,180 $97,540 $167,050
Utah $105,010 $48,610 $66,590 $89,310 $172,880
Vermont $104,950 $58,230 $72,270 $92,710 $159,560
Virginia $115,410 $64,090 $85,720 $105,450 $170,980
Washington $121,650 $61,690 $83,270 $109,990 $197,050
West Virginia $110,100 $57,880 $74,250 $96,420 $165,900
Wisconsin $111,640 $70,110 $84,780 $100,610 $160,740
Wyoming $101,120 $62,690 $74,260 $93,290 $145,120
Guam $94,760 $56,450 $71,150 $85,610 $131,530
Puerto Rico $77,310 $37,850 $47,350 $63,150 $136,750
Virgin Islands $95,050 $52,100 $61,180 $77,900 $159,410

**Salary info from the BLS, Getting a degree does not guarantee these salary averages