Health Administration Salaries in Massachusetts

Healthcare administrators in Massachusetts with salaries that fall within the 90th percentile are typically those with the most experience who have landed executive level jobs with large hospital systems. This elite group earned 1.91 times more on average than their colleagues whose salaries fell within the 10th percentile, generally those newer to the profession and managing a smaller, single facility or department. As of 2014, top-earning healthcare administrators in Massachusetts earned an average of $128,500, in contrast to those in the lowest tier, who earned an average of $67,250. The median salary among healthcare administrators in Massachusetts was $96,950 that year.

On average, Massachusetts’s healthcare administrators earned salaries that were 4.2% higher than the national average as of 2014 according to the state’s Labor and Workforce Development (LWD). In fact, healthcare administrators in the nonmetropolitan area of Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard enjoyed the fifth highest average salary of any rural area in the country according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Where the Jobs are for Healthcare Administrators in Massachusetts

Massachusetts had the fourth highest concentration of healthcare administrators in the country as of 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Boston was home to the fourth highest number of healthcare administrators of any metro area in the nation that year, while North Central Massachusetts was ranked as having the fourth highest concentration of any non-metro area in the nation.

The number of healthcare administrators in Massachusetts is only expected to increase along with demand for healthcare services. In fact, the Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development names healthcare administration on its list of jobs with the most openings in the state. This agency expects 21.16% growth in the number of healthcare administration jobs between 2012 and 2022, which should generate an average of 475 openings a year.

Hospitals are the major employers of healthcare administrators in the US, while physician offices are the second according to the BLS. Physician and other medical offices fall under the health sector category of ambulatory health care services. The LWD provided economic data for the major employers of healthcare administrators in Massachusetts as of the first quarter of 2015:

Employer
Employment
Hospitals
200899
Ambulatory health care services
179882
Nursing and residential care facilities
104062

How Healthcare Administrator Salaries Differ Throughout Massachusetts

The salaries for healthcare administrators in the workforce regions of Massachusetts varied dramatically according to the state’s Labor and Workforce Development as of 2014:

Massachusetts Area
Experienced
Entry-level
Berkshire County
$134304
$69853
Boston
$144883
$76083
Bristol County
$104153
$54954
Brockton County
$122287
$66050
Cape & Islands
$126252
$76644
Central Massachusetts
$124416
$62222
Franklin/Hampshire
$120361
$65233
Greater Lowell
$131880
$59320
Greater New Bedford
$108233
$64053
Hampden County
$125989
$64227
Lower Merrimack Valley
$111959
$67197
Metro North
$145210
$68114
Metro South/West
$123434
$69121
North Central
$114980
$60188
North Shore
$109452
$62228
South Shore
$121061
$64300

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides detailed salary information for healthcare administrators in the metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas of Massachusetts. The median salary among healthcare administrators in the nonmetropolitan area of Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard was the highest in the state. Experienced professionals in Pittsfield and the Lowell area who were in the 90th percentile earned salaries so high they exceeded the maximum value presented by the BLS:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Barnstable Town MA
370
108400
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH
7500
110180
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division
5420
114900
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton MA NECTA Division
310
100290
Framingham MA NECTA Division
360
108300
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury MA-NH NECTA Division
240
91590
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem MA-NH NECTA Division
260
98540
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner MA
190
97530
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division
240
107520
New Bedford MA
220
91290
Peabody MA NECTA Division
340
90120
Pittsfield MA
170
119230
Springfield MA-CT
1070
105440
Taunton-Norton-Raynham MA NECTA Division
80
94570
Worcester MA-CT
820
105270
Nantucket Island and Marthas Vineyard nonmetropolitan area
60
112500
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
30
87790
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
100
86260
North Central Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area
90
98570

*Values are equal to or greater than $90 an hour or $187,199 a year. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries beyond these values.

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