According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical and health services managers in Mississippi in 2018 could expect a median salary of $80,950 per year. In the top ten percent of the profession, those with the most experience and responsibility, $151,880 was a more typical salary.
Mississippi has a lot of challenges for those administrators to deal with. In October of 2018, Mississippi Today reported that the bankruptcy of Curae Health, a Tennessee-based non-profit health system managing hospitals in three different Mississippi communities, threatened to shut down local medical services for more than 23,000 people.
Older, poorer, sicker patients combined with low reimbursement rates and rising staffing costs have made staying afloat a high-wire act for administrators in every community in the state—which is a golden ticket for those with the talent to pull it off.
Factors Driving Job Growth for Healthcare Administrators in Mississippi
The face of healthcare is changing all over the United States, but particularly in poor, rural states like Mississippi. According to Modern Healthcare, the state has only 186 physicians per 100,000 people, and the Kaiser Family Foundation found only 100 public hospitals in the state as of 2018.
But that’s driving innovation, such as the growing Telehealth program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. That kind of efficient service delivery is being pushed by professional healthcare administrators, and fueling demand for more of them across the state. The state Department of Employment Security projects a 13.3 percent increase by 2026, resulting in 260 openings per year. That’s a combination of new positions being created plus turnover in existing roles.
How Location Affects the Salaries of Mississippi’s Healthcare Administrators
Jackson leads the state in salaries at the median level, with $87,770 per year, which is convenient for administrators just starting out in the field because it’s also the metro area with the highest level of employment. More experienced and highly trained managers might take a closer look at Hattiesburg, however, which has a 90th percentile salary level of $176,700, the top level in the state.
- 25th percentile: $61,160
- Median: $87,770
- 75th percentile: $120,590
- 90th percentile: $157,630
- 25th percentile: $56,920
- Median: $79,870
- 75th percentile: $102,460
- 90th percentile: $123,740
- 25th percentile: $59,600
- Median: $78,330
- 75th percentile: $101,930
- 90th percentile: $176,700
The employment levels in rural areas of Mississippi greatly exceed those in the urban areas, but fortunately, median salary levels are generally not far below those found in the cities.
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_ms.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 Mississippi Department of Employment Security 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.