The number of healthcare administrators in Kansas is expected to increase dramatically during the ten-year period from 2010 to 2020 according to the Kentucky Department of Labor (DOL). In fact, the DOL expects the number of jobs for healthcare administrators to increase by 21.6% during this ten-year period.
The median salary among healthcare administrators in Kansas was $75,770 as of 2014 according to the state’s Department of Labor. Experience continues to be the single most important determining factor for what a healthcare administrator will earn. In fact, experienced healthcare administrators in Kansas (salaries within the 90th percentile) earned 77% more than those new to the field (salaries within the 10th percentile).
Employment Opportunities for Healthcare Administrators in Kansas
In 2014, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the nonmetropolitan area of Kansas was home to the highest number of healthcare administrators of any rural area in the country.
While a job growth rate of better than 21% is expected for the field of healthcare administration in Kansas between 2010 and 2020, the number of jobs to be added in specific areas of the state is expected to be considerably higher. In Kansas City, for example, the projected job growth rate is 37% for this period, while the Northwest region of Kansas should see a 36% increase in the number of healthcare administrators.
In its analysis of healthcare administration employment, the BLS reported that hospitals were the top employers in the country and tended to pay high salaries. The Kansas Department of Labor included hospitals in its list of top 10 industries that will have the highest growth in employment between 2010 and 2020. This agency projects an overall increase of 10,417 hospital jobs during this period, and it is well known that as the number of jobs in the healthcare sector increase, so to does demand for healthcare administrators.
Other major employers of healthcare administrators also made this top 10 list. Among them is the ambulatory healthcare services industry, which includes medical offices. This industry is expected to add 21,844 jobs, while the nursing and residential care facility industry should add 8,325 new positions.
Salaries of Healthcare Administrators Throughout Urban and Rural Kansas
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a detailed analysis of salaries for healthcare administrators throughout Kansas as of 2014. The median salary among healthcare administrators in Topeka was higher than that of healthcare administrators in other parts of the state. In addition, experienced professionals in the 90th percentile in Topeka earned substantially more than their colleagues in the rest of the state: