According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for medical and health services managers in Georgia was $96,220 in 2018… just slightly below the $99,730 national median. At the top end of the profession, however, in the 90th percentile, Georgia healthcare administrators come in with $184,680 a year, about $2,000 better than their counterparts on the national stage.
Those numbers are being fueled by a 14 percent increase in individual healthcare spending in the state between 2013 and 2017, spending that contributed a total of $47.8 billion into the state economy in 2015 according to the Georgia Hospital Association.
Despite the additional money, shortages of staff and rising costs of drugs and equipment have been pinching Georgia facilities—six hospitals closed since 2013 in the state. Juggling those various market forces is why healthcare administrators here get paid the big bucks.
Healthcare Administrator Salaries in Georgia Vary Greatly Depending on Location
According to the Georgia Department of Labor, healthcare professionals make up about 10 percent of Georgia’s workforce overall as of 2018, nearly 240,000 professionals working at 400 hospitals and other clinics and long-term care facilities.
The department expects healthcare administration jobs to expand at a rate of 25 percent between 2016 and 2026, about 5 percent faster than the national average. That will result in about 850 job openings per year, a combination of newly created positions and attrition in the industry.
How Location and Experience Impact Salary Potential for Georgia’s Healthcare Administrators
There are wide variations throughout Georgia not just between rural and urban areas, but also between the lower ranges of medical administrators and the elite of the top ten percent. Brunswick is home to the highest median salaries in the state, at $113,710, while other urban centers generally breach the six-figure mark. Rural areas, like South Georgia, can fall $10,000 or more below that mark. But even in high-paying Atlanta, the top ten percent can make more than double the salary of those in the 25th percentile.
- 25th percentile: $76,090
- Median: $100,530
- 75th percentile: $131,680
- 90th percentile: $193,350
- 25th percentile: $78,260
- Median: $95,990
- 75th percentile: $119,580
- 90th percentile: $153,210
- 25th percentile: $76,340
- Median: $89,190
- 75th percentile: $111,130
- 90th percentile: $137,220
- 25th percentile: $75,630
- Median: $106,150
- 75th percentile: $138,840
- 90th percentile: $2017,270
The full picture on Georgia employment and salary levels for healthcare administrators continues to show the divergence in available salaries:
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_ga.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 Georgia Department of Labor 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.