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.
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:
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:
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:
*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.