The average salary among healthcare administrators in Delaware was $112,091—significantly higher than the average national salary of $103,680, according to a 2014 report released by the Delaware Department of Labor. Experienced healthcare administrators in Delaware earned an even higher average salary of $128,357, while entry-level administrators earned an average of $79,581 as of 2014.
Job Growth Projections in Delaware’s Healthcare Administration Field
The Delaware Department of Labor projects that the number of jobs for healthcare administrators in the state will increase by 16.3% between 2012 and 2022. This level of growth should generate 33 new healthcare administration jobs in the state each year on average.
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 population of those aged 65 and older is expected to increase at a level more than 28% faster than the national rate between 2000 and 2030. These senior citizens will require an enhanced level of healthcare 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 and tend to pay higher salaries than other healthcare facilities 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. This trend would increase the demand for healthcare administrators to even higher levels in the period leading up to 2030.
Healthcare Administrator Salaries in Delaware
The salaries among Delaware’s healthcare administrators differed dramatically depending on which county they were employed in:
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a full salary analysis for healthcare administrators in Delaware’s major cities, and in Sussex County (2014):