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:
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 2020-2030 period will rise by 8%. 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%.
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:
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.
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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.