Health Administration Salaries in Florida

A 2015 report issued by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity found the median salary among Florida’s healthcare administrators to be $97,594. The report also revealed the fantastic opportunities for salary advancement, with the average salary among experienced healthcare administrators being nearly two-times higher than for those new to the field. That year, experienced healthcare administrators in Florida earned an average of $131,498, while newly licensed practitioners earned $69,805 on average.

In the coming years, the number of healthcare administration jobs in Florida is expected to increase significantly. The state’s Department of Economic Opportunity predicts that the number of healthcare administrators in Florida will grow by 17.7% between 2014 and 2022. This level of growth is expected to generate an average of 501 new jobs on average each year during this projection period.

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Job growth for healthcare administrators is projected to be even higher in a number of counties in Florida:

  • Manatee County: 8%
  • Lee County: 1%
  • Seminole County: 6%
  • Sarasota County: 4%
  • Orange County: 8%

Factors Driving Job Growth in Healthcare Administration

One of the reasons for the expected increase in the number of jobs for healthcare administrators in Florida is the fact that hospitals in the state are expanding considerably. This trend is so pronounced that Florida Trends published an article in 2013 revealing that expansions in the Jacksonville area alone include:

  • A new $16.7 million primary care center opened by the Mayo Clinic
  • Clay County’s first new hospital in 40 years—a $110 million medical center opened by St. Vincent’s Healthcare
  • The Baptist/Wolfson Children’s Emergency Center—a hospital ER for children and adults opened by Baptist Health

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitals are the primary employers of healthcare administrators and tend to pay higher salaries than other healthcare centers such as medical offices.

Another trend that is fueling an increase in healthcare administrators is Florida’s destination for travelers seeking higher-quality or less expensive care. Medical tourism is so important for Florida that the state spent $5 million in 2015 alone to entice people to travel to the state for their healthcare. Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida are working in tandem to promote Florida’s healthcare options.

How Salaries Differ According to Experience and Location

Salaries for healthcare administrators varied considerably throughout Florida’s major metropolitan areas according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The median salary was the highest among healthcare administrators in Gainesville:

Florida Area
Experienced
Entry-level
Cape Coral
$145350
$77958
Crestview
$104083
$62462
Deltona
$128170
$63939
Lauderdale
$145600
$79872
Gainesville
$123469
$79976
Jacksonville
$118019
$65811
Lakeland
$137093
$67808
Miami
$149136
$72134
Naples
$129064
$70866
North Port
$124426
$68162
Ocala
$100818
$67579
Orlando
$137592
$72301
Palm Bay
$130707
$70096
Palm Coast
$87298
$58531
Panama City
$117229
$68058
Pensacola
$106496
$66456
Port St. Lucie
$114858
$65125
Punta Gorda
$124238
$73445
Sebastian
$100672
$68890
Tallahassee
$122512
$69326
Tampa
$131206
$65957
West Palm Beach
$119683
$73445

Shown for comparative purposes, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a detailed analysis of salaries for healthcare administrators in these cities along with nonmetropolitan areas in the state as of 2014. Healthcare administrators in the 90th percentile are typically highly experienced, and those in the 90th percentile in the Cape Coral, Deltona, Miami, and Orlando areas earned an average salary that was so high that it exceeded the maximum value reported by the BLS:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL
370
120420
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin FL
100
88390
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL
260
104610
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropol
1080
121200
Gainesville FL
210
106780
Jacksonville FL
750
98600
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL
230
111700
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL
3480
115090
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division
1300
120990
Naples-Marco Island FL
150
107450
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL
360
103560
Ocala FL
110
87920
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL
1410
113490
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL
390
108290
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach FL
120
98820
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL
230
91290
Port St. Lucie FL
190
96310
Punta Gorda FL
80
105160
Sebastian-Vero Beach FL
70
88270
Tallahassee FL
220
102670
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL
2000
107250
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan
1100
102170
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area
80
92080
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area
190
95790
South Florida nonmetropolitan area
120
94540

*Values shown are equal to or greater than $90/hour or $187,199/year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salary figures higher than these values.

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