According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2021 there were 6,600 medical and health service managers employed throughout Connecticut earning an average salary of $130,510, placing the state in the top-10 for offering the highest average salary in this sector.
Accounting for total statewide salaries nearing the billion dollar mark, medical and health service managers are arguably poised to make the argument that in Connecticut they’re worth their weight in gold. An aging population here continues to drive demand and growth in the healthcare sector as it is doing in the rest of the country.
Connecticut hospitals and medical centers are coping well with the growth in this professional field; a 2017 report from the state Office of Health Strategy showed more than half of the 16 health systems in the state reported record profits.
According to the BLS, two regions in Connecticut rank in the top-10 nationally for offering the highest average salaries: the Bridgeport and Danbury metro areas clocking in at over $156k and $151k, respectively.
Key Areas of Job Growth for Healthcare Administrators in Connecticut
Although job growth through the state as a whole is expected to lag in coming years, the healthcare sector remains a major exception.
The Connecticut Department of Labor believes that healthcare will be the fastest growing sector in the state, and forecasts a nearly 15 percent increase in the number of positions becoming available to healthcare administrators in the decade leading up to 2028. That increase, together with turnover in existing positions, will open up 730 healthcare administrator positions each year across the state.
Hospitals are by far the largest employers of healthcare administrators and tend to pay high salaries according to the BLS. An analysis of healthcare employment trends in Connecticut conducted by the state’s Allied Health Workforce Policy Board found that hospitals are by far the major employers of healthcare professionals. The number of healthcare workers in hospitals in Connecticut was nearly twice that of the next highest category—nursing care facilities. Employment levels for administrators always follows general employment in the various areas of the healthcare system.
Salaries for Healthcare Administrators in Connecticut According to Location
Connecticut overall beats the national median for healthcare administrator pay by a healthy margin, at $130,510 per year. Much of the support for those high wages comes from the various urban centers around the state, with Hartford being the largest.
- 25th percentile: $90,880
- Median: $106,720
- 90th percentile: NA
- 25th percentile: $90,170
- Median: $109,650
- 90th percentile: $173,320
- 25th percentile: $99,090
- Median: $125,770
- 90th percentile: NA
- 25th percentile: $81,420
- Median: $112,580
- 90th percentile: $174,310
Although Hartford and New Haven have the highest number of positions, and Danbury and Bridgeport make the national top ten for average salary, it’s actually rural Connecticut that offers the highest 90th percentile wages in the state at $204,940:
2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for Medical and Health Services Managers.
Job growth projections sourced from the Connecticut Department of Labor and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2018-2028) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.
Salary figures and job market projections represent state data, not school-specific information.
Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed August 2021.