Health care sector jobs represent a full13 percent of the total employment number in the state of Delaware and a substantial chunk of the state economy. According to the Department of Commerce, health care industry earnings in Delaware grew by more than 64 percent between 2006 and 2016, compared to an only 8.4 percent increase overall across the state’s entire private sector. That makes it a $4.3 billion industry, the keystone growth sector for the state not only for the past decade, but for the foreseeable future as well.
That growth is managed and overseen by the ranks of healthcare administrators employed by both private and public medical systems in the state, and their efforts are well-rewarded. Delaware comes in fourth overall among all states when it comes to salaries for medical and health service managers.
Job Growth Projections in Delaware’s Healthcare Administration Field
A report on demographic changes in Delaware published by the Delaware State Treasurer’s Office noted that the aging of the population in the state is more pronounced than in the country as a whole. The growing number of senior citizens calling Delaware home will require an enhanced level of care and are expected to increase the demand placed on healthcare facilities, particularly acute care hospitals, ambulatory care centers, and clinics.
Hospitals are the primary employers of healthcare administrators in the country according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Delaware’s hospitals may need to expand the specialized care they offer including oncological, cardiac, and geriatric treatment in order to accommodate this growing population of aging citizens.
The 15.4 percent job growth rate forecast by the Delaware Office of Occupational and Labor Market Information for healthcare administrators by 2026 will result in about 80 job openings per year across the state. These openings will come from a combination of new positions opening up and turnover in existing positions, scattered among hospitals, clinics, and other care facilities across the state.
One example of that growth comes from Bayhealth’s new Milford health campus project, a $300 million investment that the company expects to support almost 2,000 jobs during construction alone.
Healthcare Administrator Salaries in Delaware
In 2018, the annual median salary in Delaware for healthcare administrators was $114,480 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. As you can see, that number greatly exceeds the median for Dover, the only measured demographic region in the state, which is only good news for administrators scattered through the rest of the state. For the state as a whole, administrators in the 90th percentile make over $208,000 a year.
- 25th percentile: $72,080
- Median: $84,510
- 75th percentile: $103,150
- 90th percentile: $148,570
Further details on salary and employment in the Dover metropolitan area:
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_de.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 Delaware Office of Occupational and Labor Market Information 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.