Health Administration Salaries in Montana

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 the median annual salary for Montana-based healthcare administrators was $87,060. Those in the top ten percent of the field could make $141,500 a year.

According to Montana State University, the majority of Montana counties face shortages in primary care providers—particularly in rural areas. The state also has one of the oldest physician populations in the country… which means waves of retirement will further impact access to care for the widespread population.

That’s a state of affairs that medical and healthcare managers are going to be called on to solve, which is sure to drive demand and salary levels for skilled administrators even higher over the coming years.

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Occupational Forecast for Hospital and Medical Office Administrators in Montana

With just over 50 public hospitals in the state, as reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the medical community here is necessarily tight-knit. But the demands that will be coming in the near future are going to necessitate significant expansion in the number of medical office administrators, particularly in Western Montana, where the Census Bureau has found population growth rates as high as 25 percent.

That trend is part of what is leading the state Department of Labor and Industry to predict a 20.8 percent increase in the number of healthcare administration jobs in the state by 2026. That come out to 140 openings per year in the field, a combination of new positions with turnover in existing roles.

Healthcare Administration Salaries by City

Although the state generally falls below the national numbers for healthcare administrator compensation, managers working in the top ten percent of the profession in Missoula aren’t missing anything by not working in a larger state—at $200,740, they are bringing in $18,140 more per year than the national standard at that level.

Billings

  • 25th percentile: $75,410
  • Median: $92,100
  • 75th percentile: $116,310
  • 90th percentile: $152,450

Missoula

  • 25th percentile: $69,190
  • Median: $87,780
  • 75th percentile: $123,050
  • 90th percentile: $200,740

The majority of Montana’s 1,320 medical and health services managers work in the rural areas of the state, where pay levels are often comparable to the more populous areas:

Area Name
Employment
Annual 25th percentile wage
Billings
300
75410
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area
320
65150
Missoula
180
69190
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area
370
73040
West Montana nonmetropolitan area
150
69780

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_mt.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 Montana Department of Labor and Industry 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.

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