Health Administration Salaries in California

Not only is California home to more healthcare administrators than anywhere else in the nation, their average earnings were the second highest in the nation according to a May 2014 report published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Specific regions throughout California that ranked within the top ten best paying metro and non-metro areas for healthcare administrators in the nation included:

  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: Top paying metro area
  • Mother Lode Region of California: Top paying non-metro area
  • Eastern Sierra Region of California: 2nd highest paying non-metro area
  • Madera-Chowchilla: 2nd highest paying metro area
  • San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City: 3rd highest paying metro area
  • Vallejo-Fairfield: 4th highest paying metro area
  • Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta: 5th highest paying metro area
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville: 7th highest paying metro area
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Job Growth Projections for Healthcare Administrators in California (2012-2022)

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) expects the number of healthcare administrator jobs statewide to increase 49% faster than the average for all occupations in California between 2012 and 2022. With the level of projected job growth for healthcare administrators in California at 22.2%, the EDD expects 1,290 jobs will become available for healthcare administrators each year on average during this ten-year period.

One of the reasons for this high level of growth is that industries that are major employers of healthcare administrators are projected to hire more employees between 2012 and 2022. The EDD projects that the following healthcare industry subsectors will increase employment during this ten-year period:

  • Nursing and residential care facilities: 8%
  • Ambulatory health care services: 7%
  • Hospitals (private): 1%

The increase in private hospitals is of particular importance to healthcare administrators, since hospitals are the major employers of these professionals according to the US Department of Labor.

Salaries for California’s Healthcare Administrators by Location

As the highest paying state in the country for healthcare administrators, second only to DC, the median salary among healthcare administrators in California was more than 27% higher than the national median – $118,040 as of 2015 according to the California Employment Development Department. Healthcare administrators in the 75th percentile (typically experienced) earned an average of $150,696, while those in the 25th percentile (typically entry-level) averaged $86,445.

The median salaries for healthcare administrators varied dramatically throughout California. The median salary for healthcare administrators in San Benito and Santa Clara Counties was exceptionally high:

  • Butte County: $97,858
  • East Bay Area: $127,415
  • Eastern Sierra Region: $120,074
  • Fresno County: $117,894
  • Inland Empire Area: $110,239
  • Kern County: $113,321
  • Kings County: $93,508
  • Los Angeles County: $117,276
  • Madera County: $126,969
  • Merced County: $109,488
  • Monterey County: $101,721
  • Mother Lode Region: $114,437
  • Napa County: $116,789
  • North Coast Region: $87,678
  • North Valley Region: $94,735
  • Northern Mountains Region: $84,443
  • Orange County: $94,106
  • Sacramento Metro Area: $124,982
  • San Benito and Santa Clara Counties: $153,697
  • San Diego County: $112,094
  • San Francisco Bay Area: $145,241
  • San Joaquin County: $116,556
  • San Luis Obispo County: $100,434
  • Santa Barbara County: $134,990
  • Santa Cruz County: $125,144
  • Shasta County: $98,406
  • Solano County: $145,221
  • Sonoma County: $126,645
  • Stanislaus County: $127,476
  • Sutter and Yuba Counties: $107,856
  • Tulare County: $93,925
  • Ventura County: $106,720

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a full analysis of salaries for healthcare administrators in the major metropolitan and nonmetropolitan parts of California as of 2014. The median salary among healthcare administrators in the San Jose area was the highest:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bakersfield-Delano CA
450
112870
Chico CA
150
103880
Fresno CA
690
116940
Hanford-Corcoran CA
90
107520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division
7770
121610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA
10600
115730
Madera-Chowchilla CA
130
148850
Merced CA
110
118530
Modesto CA
390
122630
Napa CA
100
116980
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division
2810
127100
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA
500
116670
Redding CA
140
105140
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA
2270
120630
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA
1590
124460
Salinas CA
240
106780
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA
2270
116250
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA
4610
134730
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Divi
1810
146580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
1830
157510
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA
150
104860
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division
2830
99610
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA
250
134810
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA
150
129030
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA
510
118860
Stockton CA
420
117140
Vallejo-Fairfield CA
290
139400
Visalia-Porterville CA
150
91520
Yuba City CA
100
112870
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
70
127160
Eastern Sierra Region of California nonmetropolitan area
30
121790
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
240
89570
North Valley Region of California nonmetropolitan area
70
92070
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
100
96520

*These values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish salary data higher than these values.

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