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.

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.

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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 9.7 percent increase in the number of healthcare administrators here between 2018 and 2028. That means about 170 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 2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, healthcare administrators in the District make far above the national median, coming in at over $36,000 higher. Professionals above the 90th percentile earn more than $207,650 annually.

District of Columbia

  • 25th percentile: $102,650
  • Median: $123,200
  • 90th percentile: $207,650
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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 mean wage

2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for Medical and Health Services Managers.

2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for Medical and Health Services Managers.

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 (2018-2028) database –

Salary figures and job market projections represent state data, not school-specific information.

Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed August 2021.

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