Health Administration Salaries in the District of Columbia

There are 16 hospitals and medical centers located in the District, making it one of the leading areas for medical treatment in the Greater Washington Area. Salaries for medical administrators working in the greater DC metro area come in well above not only the national median, but that of surrounding areas, something that reflects the elite status of the medical centers found here.

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The District is also a hub for biomedical and medical research, anchored on the National Institutes of Health just up the river in Bethesda. Children’s Research Institute at the Children’s National Hospital is another driver, attracting the best and brightest of medical industry talent.

Areas Experiencing the Strongest Job Growth in Healthcare Administration

Compared to the nation’s biggest metro areas, Washington D.C.’s healthcare sector is smaller in almost every respect; in addition to being a city-sized data point, it only forms about 8 percent of total employment, or around 60,000 positions, in a region where government positions dominate.

Despite that, the District’s Department of Employment Services foresees a 16.5 percent increase in the number of healthcare administrators here between 2016 and 2026. That means about 190 job openings per year in the industry, the result of both new positions being created and turnover among existing jobs.

An Analysis of Healthcare Administration Salaries in Washington, DC

According to 2018 US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, healthcare administrators in the District make far above the national median, coming in nearly $30,000 higher. Although data isn’t specifically available for the top ten percent of the market, wages exceed $208,000 a year at that level.

District of Columbia

  • 25th percentile: $103,360
  • Median: $127,960
  • 75th percentile: $164,210
  • 90th percentile: above $208,000, the maximum figure the BLS reports

The official BLS region shows considerably different numbers from Washington D.C. as a whole due to the extension of the data collection through the Arlington and Alexandria areas:

Area Name
Annual 25th percentile wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

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 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 District of Columbia Department of Employment Services and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026) database –

All salary and job growth data accessed in June 2019.

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