Overseeing a total annual payroll of $2 billion, it’s Alaska’s healthcare administrators who will be responsible for marshalling technology and human resources with the goal of developing solutions to serve state residents at ever-higher standards of care.
Factors Driving Job Growth for Healthcare Administrators in Alaska
According to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, healthcare administrator jobs in the state are forecast to increase at a clip that’s right on pace with the national rate – an impressive 20.9 percent over the decade between 2016 and 2026. That’s contributing to the more than 100 annual openings expected statewide for nurse administrators, patient access services managers, hospital financial officers and others.
Healthcare administrators at all levels operate in a challenging venue in Alaska. Making quality preventative and specialty care available to a widespread and diverse population living in some of the most rugged terrain on earth continues to be Alaska’s biggest challenge. On top of that the state is seeing huge growth in the number of senior citizens, expecting the population over 65 to expand by 125 percent by 2034, according to the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development.
Salaries for Alaska’s Healthcare Administrators Vary by Experience and Location
Positions for hospital administrators in Alaska also pay pretty close to the national median, at $99,040 per year according to 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The top ten percent in the state, the cream of the crop with the most experience and track records for developing solutions to complex problems in healthcare delivery and patient access, will make close to $190,000 annually.
As far as the Bureau of Labor Statistics is concerned, Alaska is either Anchorage, or everywhere else. But with Juneau and Fairbanks included in the wide swath of land the Bureau classifies as nonmetropolitan area, it pays to look at individual job listings and employers for the kind of salaries and total compensation packages being offered. Looking at quality of life is another famously Alaskan approach to job selection, and there is more to living and working in the communities you want to serve than just the salaries these positions offer.
- 25th percentile: $73,810
- Median: $94,790
- 75th percentile: $129,170
- 90th percentile: $201,320
Alaska nonmetropolitan area
- 25th percentile: $78,550
- Median: $102,390
- 75th percentile: $135,210
- 90th percentile: $179,130
It shouldn’t be surprising that salary offers designed to attract quality job candidates to positions in clinics in outlying areas that serve communities in the Alaskan wilderness are often higher than for jobs in the city. With a median salary of $102,390, the nonmetropolitan area of the state blows away Anchorage. But at the high end, administrators running an urban hospital or medical center will almost always pull ahead, as is seen in the 90th percentile rate for Anchorage.
A full breakdown of salary numbers in all areas of Alaska the US Bureau of Labor Statistics tracked in 2018 can be seen here:
Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2018. Figures represent accumulated data for all areas of employment for medical and health services managers https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_al.htm#11-9111. BLS salary data represents state and MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
Job growth projections sourced from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.
All salary and job growth data accessed in June 2019.