North Dakota comes in almost exactly at the national median in healthcare administration salaries, with administrators here earning $99,770 versus $99,730 at the national level according to 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Those in the 90th percentile come in a little bit lower than their national counterparts at $169,840.
With the economy exploding in North Dakota, those numbers are only likely to increase, however. According to the North Dakota Department of Commerce, population growth in the state will hit almost two percent, making it the second-fastest growing state in the nation.
That growth brings new health care challenges. According to the United Health Foundation, drug deaths between 2015 and 2018 skyrocketed by more than 200 percent, while the state has high prevalence of excessive drinking and occupational fatalities. With only 39 hospitals in the entire state, it’s a heavy workload for healthcare administrators, and it commands a hefty salary in return.
Occupational Outlook and Employment Settings for Healthcare Administrators
North Dakota is one of the few states in the country where healthcare isn’t the fastest-growing sector in the market… according to the North Dakota Labor Market Information Center, it gets beat out by both business management and hospitality and tourism in the ten-year outlook.
But that doesn’t mean it’s growing slowly—at a 22.2 percent growth rate through 2026, it’s still a career expanding above the national rate. That will mean 100 job openings per year in the field across the state, from both new positions and attrition in existing jobs.
Healthcare Administration Salaries in North Dakota by Location
Fargo and Bismarck both drag the state averages higher with very respectable median salaries in excess of the national median.
- 25th percentile: $73,200
- Median: $103,050
- 75th percentile: $131,090
- 90th percentile: $173,730
- 25th percentile: $83,280
- Median: $100,400
- 75th percentile: $125,420
- 90th percentile: $169,810
- 25th percentile: $74,860
- Median: $91,530
- 75th percentile: $116,890
- 90th percentile: $151,140
Although much of North Dakota is rural, medical administrators tend to be concentrated more heavily in the urban areas than most rural states, with only 300 positions outside the major cities.
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_nd.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 Dakota Labor Market Information Center 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.