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 2018 show a median annual salary of $101,020, with those in the top ten percent making $183,500 per year.
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 19.2 percent between 2016 and 2026. That equates to 860 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 Raleigh is the third largest region in the state for healthcare administration employment, BLS did not release salary estimates for 2018. That leaves Durham-Chapel Hill with the highest median salary in the state at $117,160, while the best area for the top ten percent is Charlotte, paying $205,220 per year.
- 25th percentile: $79,830
- Median: $101,690
- 75th percentile: $133,010
- 90th percentile: $205,220
- 25th percentile: $89,000
- Median: $117,160
- 75th percentile: $144,390
- 90th percentile: $193,280
- 25th percentile: $80,090
- Median: $96,380
- 75th percentile: $119,450
- 90th percentile: $160,020
- 25th percentile: $86,390
- Median: $101,810
- 75th percentile: $128,580
- 90th percentile: $179,910
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.
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_nc.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 North Carolina Department of Commerce 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.