Health Administration Salaries in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Labor (DOL) placed healthcare administrators on its list of “Hot 40 high-demand occupations.” The Department chose this promising profession on the basis of projected growth, annual job openings, and average salary.

Experienced healthcare administrators in Alabama earned 1.89 times more than those starting out according to a 2015 report issued by the state’s Department of Labor. While the average salary for a healthcare administrator in Alabama was $94,931, experienced administrators earned an average of $112,474. Their colleagues new to the profession earned an average of $59,384 that year.

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Job Growth Projections for Healthcare Administrators in Alabama

The Alabama Department of Labor expects strong growth in the field of healthcare administration, with an increase of 20.27% in the number of jobs expected between 2012 and 2022. This rate of growth is 1.88 times higher than the overall job growth rate in Alabama.

Hospitals are the major employers of healthcare administrators throughout the country and tend to pay the highest salaries according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. A 2013 report from the American Hospital Association demonstrates the importance of Alabama’s hospitals to its economy. The report noted that 93 hospitals were located in Alabama, employing more than 84,000 people.

The presence of hospitals also encourages other types of medical offices to locate nearby, provide additional jobs for healthcare administrators working at medical office managers. Alabama’s hospitals created more than 86,000 additional jobs through ancillary and allied health services in 2013. Hospitals and the other healthcare facilities located nearby employed almost 9% of Alabama’s total workforce as of 2013.

How Location and Experience Impact Salary Potential for Alabama’s Healthcare Administrators

The Alabama Department of Labor also provides the salaries for healthcare administrators in a number of Alabama’s metropolitan areas. Experienced healthcare administrators in Tuscaloosa earned the highest average salary:

Alabama Area
Experienced
Entry-level
Anniston-Oxford
$96013
$62743
Auburn-Opelika
$105759
$67458
Birmingham-Hoover
$120536
$57018
Columbus
$106545
$61059
Decatur
$101840
$62365
Dothan
$108800
$63059
Florence-Muscle Shoals
$120097
$73204
Gadsden
$93206
$51905
Huntsville
$113678
$64815
Mobile
$115066
$55722
Montgomery
$119832
$68621
Tuscaloosa
$121914
$71581

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an expanded profile of the earnings for healthcare administrators in Alabama’s major urban and rural areas as of 2014. This analysis indicated that the median salary among healthcare administrators in Tuscaloosa was the highest of those shown:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anniston-Oxford AL
80
83210
Auburn-Opelika AL
70
91120
Birmingham-Hoover AL
920
97360
Decatur AL
50
86900
Dothan AL
90
91670
Florence-Muscle Shoals AL
80
102360
Gadsden AL
110
77840
Huntsville AL
180
95430
Mobile AL
220
93370
Montgomery AL
180
100700
Tuscaloosa AL
120
103020
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
90
86900
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
190
82830
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area
120
88040
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area
140
81870

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