Health Administration Salaries in Ohio

Ohio healthcare administrators make a median wage of $91,300 according to 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics data. For those with the skills and experience to place them in the top ten percent, the number goes up to $154,540 a year.

Healthcare administrators have a lot of work to do here, however. According to the United Health Foundation, the state ranked 40th of 50 in 2018, with increasing numbers of drug and cancer deaths and high infant mortality levels.

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Occupational Outlook for Healthcare Administrators in Ohio

Strong research and development bolsters health care employment in Ohio, with U.S. News and World Report listing the Cleveland Clinic as the second best hospital in the country. It’s part of the $90 billion healthcare industry that healthcare administrators run here, and that ensures their ranks will continue to grow.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services estimates a 15.8 percent growth rate for the occupation between 2016 and 2026 in the state. That means 1,570 openings each year for qualified administrators, both from new job creation and turnover in existing positions.

Healthcare Administration Salaries in Ohio by City

Although the big cities of Cincinnati and Cleveland are running neck-and-neck for median wages for healthcare administrators, it’s actually the smaller region of Dayton that comes out on top in Ohio. Supervising more than 35,000 people employed in healthcare in the area (according to the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association), it’s one of the few metropolitan areas in the state where administrators salaries equal the national median at $99,760 per year.

Columbus

  • 25th percentile: $71,460
  • Median: $92,240
  • 75th percentile: $123,430
  • 90th percentile: $160,500

Cincinnati

  • 25th percentile: $73,360
  • Median: $96,270
  • 75th percentile: $123,290
  • 90th percentile: $151,250

Cleveland-Elyria

  • 25th percentile: $76,810
  • Median: $96,250
  • 75th percentile: $126,280
  • 90th percentile: $164,400

Dayton

  • 25th percentile: $78,620
  • Median: $99,760
  • 75th percentile: $130,780
  • 90th percentile: $162,460

Median and top-end wages vary widely across the state, not only between urban and rural areas, but also comparing cities directly with one another:

Area Name
Employment
Annual 25th percentile wage
Akron
980
69750
Canton-Massillon
470
67630
Cincinnati
2620
73360
Cleveland-Elyria
2570
76810
Columbus
3020
71460
Dayton
1220
78620
Eastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
300
72580
Lima
220
65110
Mansfield
130
81050
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
790
67080
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
640
71500
Springfield
160
60220
Toledo
870
67990
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area
490
67770
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
560
69020

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_oh.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 Ohio Department of Job and Family Services 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.

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