Thinking of earning a degree in health administration/management? You may be wondering about how much you can make in your first job and beyond. Healthcare management and administration positions have potential for good salaries and demand for the position is expected grow in the future (see below).
As of May 2020, the average annual salary for healthcare managers was $118,800 per year ($57.12 per hour) nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).*
Keep in mind this median value is not a typical starting salary you can expect straight out of school. That kind of annual pay comes with years of experience in healthcare management (and in many cases, a master’s degree). Wages and salaries will vary depending on the local job market and your qualifications—someone with an MBA in Healthcare Management will likely earn more than someone with a bachelor’s degree.
Average healthcare management salary by state
Potential pay can vary widely based on where you are hired. Here’s a list of the average salary for healthcare managers in each U.S. state:
|State||Per hour||Per year|
|District of Columbia||$75.77||$157,590|
Job growth outlook for healthcare management roles
The BLS creates projections for occupations across the economy. In their latest forecast, they predict overall national job openings over the 2019-2029 period will rise by 4%. For medical and health services managers—that’s the BLS category which covers healthcare management jobs of many types—the BLS predicts job growth for the same period as high as 32%. That’s more than three times faster than the overall economy. The BLS projects that the nation will need an additional 72,100 new healthcare managers to meet demand.
Possible driving factors behind this high growth in healthcare administration jobs include:
- An aging baby boom population which requires more treatment
- Increased complexity of healthcare laws and regulations, which raises demand for healthcare managers who can work to ensure compliance
- A rising focus on improving cost-effectiveness and quality of care, which requires performance monitoring by individuals with healthcare-related management skills
As a healthcare management graduate, you’ll have qualifications that make you eligible for jobs with strong earning potential and also offer the opportunity to create a career that helps improve patient care while supporting the practitioners who make healing possible.
Where healthcare managers work
Healthcare managers work full-time hours in typical office settings. If working for a care facility that is open at all hours, some managers may need to work nights or weekends.
According to the BLS, major employers of healthcare managers in 2018 include:
- Physicians’ offices
- Outpatient care clinics
- Nursing care facilities
- Home health care services
What education do I need for a career in healthcare management?
Because healthcare management jobs require an understanding of healthcare treatment, insurance systems, and regulations along with business and management skills, it’s highly recommended that you earn a degree to become a healthcare manager.
Associate degree-level job possibilities
An associate degree in healthcare management/administration can qualify you for entry-level support roles, including:
- Medical Secretary
- Medical Billing
- Administrative Coordinator
- Patient Services Representative
- Operations Assistant
Bachelor degree-level job possibilities
A bachelor’s degree prepares you to enter the management track. By earning a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, you may qualify for jobs like:
The jobs you qualify for depend on the unique requirements of the job, your experience in the field and level education you’ve earned.
Note that if you plan to work in nursing home management, you will need to pursue licensure with your state. All states require licensure, though requirements for gaining licensure vary by state.
An MBA in healthcare management has the potential to qualify you for the highest levels of the profession, including clinical director and other executive roles.
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