The median salary for healthcare administrators in Nebraska as of 2018 was $96,490 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For those in the top ten percent of the profession, $164,860 per year is more common. Both rates are slightly below the national numbers, but well above the state median salary for all workers.
Like many lightly populated midwestern states, Nebraska has real staffing challenges in healthcare services for rural areas. There are only 94 hospitals in the state; according to a 2018 study by the University of Nebraska, 13 of the 93 counties do not have a single practicing primary care physician.
Yet, according to the Health Cost Institute, spending per person on inpatient services in the state remains slightly above the national average. That’s a challenge for healthcare administrators, who will increasingly be asked to keep costs under control while expanding services to all areas of the state.
Job Outlook for Health Administration Professionals in Nebraska
The University of Nebraska study did find an upward trend in staffing across the state in recent years, which is also contributing to increasing demand for healthcare administrators. According to the state Office of Labor Market Information, between 2016 and 2026 the state should see a 17.8 percent increase in medical and health manager jobs. That will lead to openings of 330 positions per year, a combination of new jobs and turnover in existing positions.
Health Administration Salaries by Location
Omaha is the center of employment for healthcare administrators, with more than 1,500 positions. But little Grand Island offers a higher median wage, at $98,130 per year.
- 25th percentile: $75,640
- Median: $95,990
- 75th percentile: $121,760
- 90th percentile: $163,130
- 25th percentile: $67,460
- Median: $92,440
- 75th percentile: $121,010
- 90th percentile: $160,730
- 25th percentile: $77,240
- Median: $98,130
- 75th percentile: $117,260
- 90th percentile: $140,740
Many of Nebraska’s health service administrators work in rural areas of the state, but salaries still remain comparable to the major urban areas in most categories. At the 90th percentile, the South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area has the highest level in the state at $173,700.
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_ne.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 Nebraska Office of Labor Market Information 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.