Louisiana healthcare administrators enjoyed a median annual salary in 2018 of $90,840 according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. At the 90th percentile, the most experienced could bring in $149,740 a year.
Health care managers in the state deserve more and are likely to get it, however. The United Health Care Foundation ranked Louisiana last in the nation for state population health, and the CDC showed the state with an above-average rate of drug overdose deaths as of 2014. Those are challenges that only the best and the brightest are going to be able to meet, and they will get the chance in the coming decade: a 2015 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health is supporting new collaboration on effective policy development.
The state has an above-average rate of employment in the health care sector, forming about 13 percent of the overall workforce. According to the Louisiana Hospital Association, that’s nearly 300,000 individuals in the industry as of 2018, working in more than 13,000 locations and being paid nearly $13 billion each year.
Factors Driving Job Growth for Healthcare Administrators in Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Labor Workforce Commission estimates that positions for healthcare administrators will grow at a 14.5 percent rate through 2026. That will bring 340 openings a year to the state, through a combination of new positions and attrition in existing jobs.
Many of those new hires are being driven by continuing facility openings and expansions, such as the 2019 opening of the Acadiana Treatment Center in Sunset, and an increase in the number of healthcare administrator jobs statewide in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Healthcare Administrator Salaries in Louisiana According to Location
High numbers of jobs and high paychecks go hand-in-hand in Louisiana’s largest urban areas, with New Orleans both employing the largest number of medical administrators, at slightly fewer than 1,200, and offering the highest median salary in the state at $95,610.
- 25th percentile: $79,460
- Median: $95,610
- 75th percentile: $119,490
- 90th percentile: $158,590
- 25th percentile: $76,950
- Median: $92,390
- 75th percentile: $107,970
- 90th percentile: $144,030
- 25th percentile: $71,330
- Median: $89,670
- 75th percentile: $114,020
- 90th percentile: $155,140
- 25th percentile: $64,990
- Median: $82,580
- 75th percentile: $101,560
- 90th percentile: $127,790
Although median salaries tend to be higher in urban parts of the state, the nonmetropolitan areas of Louisiana can actually offer higher wages to the top ten percent in the profession, with the Central and Northeast nonmetropolitan areas delivering north of $163,000 to administrators with the most experience.
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_la.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 Louisianan Department of Labor Workforce Commission 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.