Health Administration Salaries in Michigan

According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare administrators in Michigan took home a median salary of $94,540, pretty close to the national average for the role. At the top end, however, the 90th percentile of administrators made $191,890, above the national number of $182,600.

Those are big numbers, but an even bigger number comes down from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association: 40 percent of the state’s overall healthcare economic activity occurs in hospitals and health systems that are run by those executives. That makes the sector the largest private-sector employer in the state, by a good margin, and makes expert training and relevant experience well worth the salary being delivered.

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Job Growth and Driving Factors for Healthcare Administrators in Michigan

Thirteen percent of Michigan’s workforce is employed in some capacity in health care, which leaves a lot of people for medical administrators in the state to lead and supervise: nearly 603,000 staff, the single largest number of positions in any sector of the economy, with around $58 billion in payroll according to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Around 240,000 of those are in hospitals, an increase of 12,000 since 2015.

According to the state’s Department of Technology, Management, & Budget, an 18 percent increase in healthcare administrators is expected in Michigan by 2026. That adds up to 1,180 openings per year, a combination of new positions and turnover in existing roles.

Healthcare Administrator Salaries Throughout Michigan

East Lansing is the surprise leader in salaries for healthcare administrators in the 90th percentile—those with the greatest experience and expertise, usually leading the largest organizations or departments. The salary there comes in at $107,330, $7,600 above the national median.

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn

  • 25th percentile: $72,800
  • Median: $96,310
  • 75th percentile: $131,230
  • 90th percentile: $-

Ann Arbor

  • 25th percentile: $66,050
  • Median: $96,110
  • 75th percentile: $127,880
  • 90th percentile: $178,880

Grand Rapids-Wyoming

  • 25th percentile: $73,880
  • Median: $93,670
  • 75th percentile: $122,230
  • 90th percentile: $182,900

Lansing-East Lansing

  • 25th percentile: $87,480
  • Median: $107,330
  • 75th percentile: $139,280
  • 90th percentile: $201,250

In a state as diverse as Michigan, medical and health services managers can find a wide range of possible salaries across both urban and rural areas:

Area Name
Employment
Annual 25th percentile wage
Ann Arbor
1370
66050
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
520
72790
Battle Creek
190
72160
Bay City
90
74160
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn
5260
72800
Flint
420
70300
Grand Rapids-Wyoming
1250
73880
Jackson
170
74170
Kalamazoo-Portage
360
70930
Lansing-East Lansing
420
87480
Midland
230
90080
Monroe
60
63370
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
190
56910
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
300
60980
Saginaw
300
73040
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
370
66110

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_mi.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 Michigan Department of Technology, Management, & Budget 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.