Hawaii’s healthcare administrators get the best of both worlds: a job in paradise, and a median salary that tops the national average by nearly $15,000, coming in at $114,490 a year according to 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Those in the top ten percent do a little better than their counterparts on the national stage, earning $185,400 annually.
In return for those above-average paychecks, healthcare administrators in the state know how to deliver the goods. According to a 2017 article in Bloomberg News, Hawaiians not only live two years longer than the national average, but also enjoy that healthy longevity at a lower cost than in any other state, with per capita spending only amount to $3,626 annually according to numbers from the Health Care Cost Institute.
Factors Driving Job Growth for Healthcare Administrators in Hawaii
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the healthcare industry accounts for nine percent of all jobs in Hawaii in 2018.
The Hawaii State Workforce Infonet projects that healthcare administration jobs will expand by about 15 percent in the decade between 2016 and 2026. The net results of the expansion will be 150 openings per year between newly created jobs and turnover in existing roles.
How Experience and Location Affect the Salaries of Healthcare Administrators in Hawaii
Although the state median is high, there are clear divisions in compensation levels for healthcare administrators across Hawaii based on where they work and the level of employment. At the low end, administrators in rural Hawaii don’t quite hit $60,000 a year in the 25th percentile in the 2018 BLS numbers. At the same time, in downtown Honolulu, the top ten percent of managers are brushing $200,000 a year.
- 25th percentile: $92,450
- Median: $117,080
- 75th percentile: $138,380
- 90th percentile: $189,880
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area
- 25th percentile: $57,620
- Median: $91,020
- 75th percentile: $123,880
- 90th percentile: $161,010
- 25th percentile: $86,250
- Median: $98,620
- 75th percentile: $142,590
- 90th percentile: $189,420
The full breakdown for employment and salary levels for the three Hawaiian BLS regions are below:
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_hi.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 Hawaii Workforce Infonet 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.