Health Administration Salaries in North Carolina

According to data published by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor & Economic Analysis Division, the average healthcare administration salary in North Carolina was $106,160 as of 2014, roughly 2% above the national average of $103,680 for this profession.

The average starting salary for less experienced professionals and recent graduates was $69,500 (bottom 10% average), while the most experienced healthcare administrators earned an average of $124,500 (top 10% average) that year.

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Job Forecast for Healthcare Administrators in North Carolina

Healthcare administration is a growing field in North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Commerce, Labor & Economic Analysis Division, projects that between 2012 and 2022 the need for healthcare administrators in the state will contribute to a job growth rate of 26.4%. It’s worth noting, though, that the demand for healthcare administrators will vary by location. The list below shows the expected increase in job openings by percentage from 2012 to 2022:

  • Northwest Region: 21.7%
  • Northeast Region: 25.7%
  • Sandhills (South Central) (including Fayetteville): 25.3%
  • Western Region: 25%
  • Southeast Region (including Wilmington): 29.3%
  • Piedmont-Triad Region (including Winston-Salem, High-Point, Greensboro): 29.7%
  • Southwest Region (including Charlotte): 26.1%
  • North Central Region (including Durham, Raleigh, Cary): 30.4%

Healthcare Administration Salaries in North Carolina by Location

In North Carolina, the location with the highest salaries for healthcare administrators was Winston-Salem, where they earned an average of $114,240 as of 2014. Winston-Salem is also the highest paying area for the top-earning administrators in the state. Healthcare administrators in this area whose salaries fell within the 90th percentile (typically the most experienced professionals) earned an average of $136,880 that year. The Durham/Chapel Hill area paid the highest entry-level salary for healthcare administrators in the state at $72,480.

Statewide

  • Entry Level: $69,500
  • Average: $106,160
  • Median: $92,960
  • Experienced: $124,500

Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill

  • Entry-Level: $70,040
  • Average: $109,510
  • Median: $94,140
  • Experienced: $129,250

Raleigh-Cary

  • Entry-Level: $68,350
  • Average: $113,170
  • Median: $94,090
  • Experienced: $135,590

Greensboro-High Point

  • Entry-Level: $68,430
  • Average: $102,110
  • Median: $93,010
  • Experienced: $118,950

Durham-Chapel Hill

  • Entry-Level: $72,480
  • Average: $113,820
  • Median: $104,630
  • Experienced: $134,490

Winston-Salem

  • Entry-Level: $68,970
  • Average: $114,240
  • Median: $94,020
  • Experienced: $136,880

For comparative purposes, a full statewide analysis of health administration salaries in North Carolina is given in the following table, which features information published by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Asheville NC
440
98070
Burlington NC
110
107280
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC
1480
109510
Durham-Chapel Hill NC
1170
113820
Fayetteville NC
170
96860
Goldsboro NC
70
107940
Greensboro-High Point NC
530
102110
Greenville NC
210
102060
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton NC
220
99270
Jacksonville NC
80
90490
Raleigh-Cary NC
870
113170
Rocky Mount NC
80
100400
Wilmington NC
360
97740
Winston-Salem NC
480
114240
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
320
102280
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
550
93070
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
340
96540
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
340
104280

*Salaries are at or above $90 per hour and $187,199 per year. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries beyond these values.

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