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

OccupationsEntry LevelMid-CareerLate-Career
Community Support Manager$28,900$37,700$47,500
Training and Development Manager$62,000$73,500$85,000
Hospital CEO$113,700$138,200$192,600
Health Insurance Specialist$44,500$50,600$74,200
Human Resource Manager$56,500$65,600$72,700
Healthcare Administrator$57,600$68,200$90,500
Healthcare Consultant$69,300$83,600$99,700
Hospice Care and Case Managers$62,500$65,000$70,200
Hospital Administrator$77,400$92,400$112,000
Mental Health Program Manager$49,800$54,800$68,400
Patient Access Supervisor$43,900$45,900$51,800

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

Career Choices and Education Levels


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.

Orlando, FL$45,000
Washington, D.C.$71,500
Seattle, WA$107,900
Houston, TX$62,000
Los Angeles, CA$77,400
Denver, CO$70,000
New York, NY$69,600
Memphis, TN$40,000
Phoenix, AZ$55,100
Chicago, IL$76,800
Salt Lake City, UT$73,500
Boston, MA$72,400
Houston, TX$70,500
Los Angeles, CA$82,900
Salt Lake City, UT$67,800
Ann Arbor, MI$76,300
Atlanta, GA$69,100
Kansas City, MO$55,800
New York, NY$84,300
Phoenix, AZ$76,300
Washington, D.C.$75,900
Seattle, WA$108,000
Denver, CO$82,700
Austin, TX$65,300
Kansas City, MO$53,000
Atlanta, GA$73,400
Phoenix, AZ$66,600
Denver, CO$66,000
Austin, TX$71,800
Oklahoma City, OK$62,300
Cleveland, OH$59,800
Portland, OR$72,200
Pittsburgh, PA$51,900
Houston, TX$97,000
Los Angeles, CA$105,000
Baltimore, MD$98,300
Chicago, IL$102,100
New York, NY$88,000
Washington, D.C.$66,800
Boston, MA$96,000
Philadelphia, PA$78,000
Seattle, WA$72,500
Richmond, VA$41,400
Denver, CO$63,000
Boston, MA$77,000
Portland, OR$62,500
Los Angeles, CA$61,000
San Francisco, CA$89,300
New York, NY$74,500
Dallas, TX$59,000
San Jose, CA$64,700
Atlanta, GA$45,500
Seattle, WA$58,600
Austin, TX$45,000
St. Louis, MO$47,900
Chicago, IL$50,000
New York, NY$62,600
Philadelphia, PA$51,000
Nashville, TN$52,000
Miami, FL$47,800
Columbus, OH$45,500
Tampa, FL$52,400
Minneapolis, MN$52,500

**Salary info from PayScale

Salary Outlook for Healthcare Administration Professionals


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

STATEMean Annual WageAnnual 10th Percentile WageAnnual 25th Percentile WageAnnual Median WageAnnual 90th Percentile Wage
District of Columbia$145,760$83,240$103,360$127,960NA
New Hampshire$113,210$64,140$77,850$98,290$174,710
New Jersey$116,750$82,290$93,490$111,260$161,270
New Mexico$122,650$67,540$83,090$102,100NA
New York$143,030$74,030$94,060$123,100NA
North Carolina$117,650$70,230$82,650$101,020$183,500
North Dakota$111,430$63,450$77,190$99,770$169,840
Rhode Island$128,660$71,180$88,660$112,490NA
South Carolina$98,780$51,400$66,960$86,920$153,900
South Dakota$106,830$68,540$83,720$101,340$144,740
West Virginia$110,130$60,070$76,700$96,920$169,030
Puerto Rico$76,550$38,410$46,710$62,470$133,410
Virgin Islands$97,190$47,860$60,280$76,480$177,940

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