Healthcare administrators at all levels of experience in Arizona earned more than the national average for this profession according to a 2014 report published by the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics. Healthcare administrators in the top 10% of their profession (typically experienced) earned 15.3% more than the national average for this bracket, while those in the bottom 10% (typically entry-level) earned 5.4% more than their colleagues at the national level.
Experienced healthcare administrators in Arizona earned an average salary of $185,862, while entry-level healthcare administrators earned an average of $58,885 in 2014 according to the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics. The median salary for healthcare administrators in Arizona was $91,395 that year.
Areas of Job Growth for Arizona’s Healthcare Administrators
The Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics expects the number of jobs for healthcare administrators in the state to increase by 28.2% during the ten-year period between 2012 and 2022, more than 21% faster than the national average expected for this profession during this period.
As the center of Arizona’s medical industry, the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area will see the most new healthcare administration jobs added during this period. As of 2014, this area was home to the 5th highest number of healthcare administrators in the country, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
A large increase in general employment in Arizona’s hospitals has helped to fuel the demand for healthcare administrators in the state. Hospital employment in Arizona grew 1.92 times faster than the national average between 1990 and 2011 according to the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. In addition to being the major employers of healthcare administrators, hospitals pay a higher average salary than other settings like physician’s offices and nursing care facilities.
Hospitals also tend to increase the number of medical centers nearby as physician-led clinics and other types of medical offices open new facilities in these areas. The Tucson Medical Center was one of the 300 largest hospitals in the country as of 2011.
Salaries for Healthcare Administrators in Arizona by Location
The salaries for healthcare administrators in the most populated counties of Arizona varied widely. Experienced healthcare administrators in Maricopa County earned salaries so high that they exceeded the maximum value reported by the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics (greater than $187,199):
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an expanded level of detail on the salaries for healthcare administrators in Arizona’s major urban and rural areas. This salary data indicated that experienced healthcare administrators in Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale and Lake Havasu City-Kingman earned more than the maximum values reported by this agency in 2014:
*These values are equal to or greater than $90/hour or $187,199/year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary data beyond these values.