Health Administration Salaries in North Carolina

Among the Southern states, with challenging demographics for healthcare and generally below-average salaries, North Carolina health care administrators stand out from the pack. Bureau of Labor Statistics data from 2020 show a median annual salary of $103,940, with those in the top ten percent making $189,450 per year.

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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 20 percent of Southerners report themselves to be in poor health, and the diabetes and infant mortality rates lead the nation. But North Carolina is slowly breaking out of those regional trends, boasting a 7 percent annual growth in expenditures that is paying for more staff, more coverage, and, increasingly, better pay for healthcare administrators.

Job Forecast for Healthcare Administrators in North Carolina

Health Care and Social Assistance forms the largest industry by employment in the state of North Carolina, and it’s also the fastest growing. Medical managers are fully onboard that overall trend.

The North Carolina Department of Commerce estimates that the number of healthcare administrators in the state will grow by 16.2 percent between 2018 and 2028. That equates to 1,010 openings per year across the state, both from new job creation and turnover in existing positions.

Healthcare Administration Salaries in North Carolina by Location

Although it’s the third largest region in the area, Raleigh comes in second for healthcare administration employment. But it’s Durham-Chapel Hill that offers the highest median salary in the state at $125,040. the best area for the top ten percent is Greensboro, paying $205,360 per year.

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia

  • 25th percentile: $76,450
  • Median: $96,850
  • 90th percentile: $167,840

Durham-Chapel Hill

  • 25th percentile: $97,490
  • Median: $125,040
  • 90th percentile: NA

Winston-Salem

  • 25th percentile: $85,190
  • Median: $103,190
  • 90th percentile: NA

Asheville

  • 25th percentile: $84,550
  • Median: $103,500
  • 90th percentile: $180,570

Across North Carolina, healthcare administrators working in urban areas generally enjoy salaries exceeding the national median, while those in smaller towns or rural areas have compensation below that number.

Area Name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville
680
116310
Burlington
130
136680
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia
2210
109230
Durham-Chapel Hill
1070
136380
Fayetteville
510
114140
Goldsboro
110
135070
Greensboro-High Point
810
127680
Greenville
290
126040
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
350
109160
Jacksonville
90
115540
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
300
98450
New Bern
90
103390
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
150
117510
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
480
104400
Raleigh
1250
126920
Rocky Mount
90
116930
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
440
119570
Wilmington
440
115840
Winston-Salem
780
127660

2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for Medical and Health Services Managers.

Job growth projections sourced from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2018-2028) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.

Salary figures and job market projections represent state data, not school-specific information.

Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed August 2021.

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