Kansas’ nearly 4,000 healthcare administrators bring in a median annual wage of $85,610 according to 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The top ten percent earn $140,990, a level that brings in the top talent for managing large and complex healthcare providers and hospitals across the state.
In January 2019, the Missouri Real Time Labor Market Summary showed nearly 8,000 job postings from Kansas City hospitals alone over the preceding six months, outpacing every other business sector in the city.
With the state Medicaid expansion on track for passage in the state Senate, an estimated 130,000 Kansans could gain coverage according to Modern Healthcare. That surge will only drive further hiring in the sector, and more hiring means more management: a guaranty for future job and wage growth for medical administrators.
Employment Opportunities for Healthcare Administrators in Kansas
There will be plenty of options for medical administrators and managers throughout Kansas. Kansas job growth outpaced the national average in 2018, and there is more ahead for healthcare administrators: the state’s Department of Labor estimates an 11.4 percent increase in the number of positions in the field by 2026, amount to 340 openings per year across the state. Those come from a combination of newly created positions and turnover in existing jobs.
Salaries of Healthcare Administrators Throughout Urban and Rural Kansas
Although Wichita is the overall leader for number of healthcare administration position among the state’s cities, it lags behind Topeka and Lawrence in terms of median salary, with both of those smaller areas topping $90,000 annually. Topeka also takes the top rank for the 90th percentile wage, coming in at $152,060.
- 25th percentile: $72,010
- Median: $88,030
- 75th percentile: $106,990
- 90th percentile: $144,530
- 25th percentile: $76,300
- Median: $94,760
- 75th percentile: $122,570
- 90th percentile: $152,060
- 25th percentile: $74,230
- Median: $92,080
- 75th percentile: $109,810
- 90th percentile: $134,510
- 25th percentile: $62,060
- Median: $78,340
- 75th percentile: $105,920
- 90th percentile: $133,850
Although urban areas push the median wage figures up, total employment through the Kansas nonmetropolitan area nearly equals all the urban centers in the state combined, giving it the highest employment level in the country for nonmetropolitan areas:
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_ks.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 Kansas 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.