Health Administration Salaries in Rhode Island

A rising senior population and a reputation as a national leader for its quality of, and access to, healthcare services makes Rhode Island a clear winner when it comes to opportunities for healthcare administrators.

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Rhode Island’s healthcare administrators also come out on top with a median salary of $128,660 – much higher than the national median average of $99,730. Jobs in healthcare administration are projected to increase steadily here in the coming years, rising 10.5% between 2016 and 2026.

A Closer Look at Job Growth for Rhode Island’s Healthcare Administrators

Rhode Island has long been known for its top-notch healthcare services and for its high number of seniors (16.4% of the population here is age 65 or older). These two factors were examined in the 2019 publication by the United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankingsand, once again, care in Rhode Island didn’t disappoint.

The report ranks Rhode Island seventh in the nation for the health of its senior population, which includes a first-place spot for its access to dedicated healthcare providers for seniors. Rhode Island also ranks second for its nursing home quality, third for its health screenings, fifth for its prescription drug coverage, and tenth for its hospice care.

It comes as no surprise that the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training lists healthcare and social assistance among its expanding industries, with nursing and residential care facilities experiencing the largest increase in employment between 2012 and 2022 (23.3%), followed by social assistance (19.7%), ambulatory healthcare services (18.8%), and hospitals (9.9%).

Salary Expectations for Healthcare Administrators, by Location

There are 1,900 healthcare administrators working in the largest metro region in the state—the Providence-Warwick metropolitan area. While the median salary for these professionals comes in lower than the state average, those in the top 25th percentile earn a salary similar to the state average—$144,310 in Providence-Warwick vs. $147,680 for the state average.

Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

  • 25th percentile: $85,220
  • Median: $109,550
  • 75th percentile: $144,310
  • 90th percentile: $206,470

A full breakdown of salaries for health services managers in the Providence area can be seen here:

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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

BLS salarydata 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 Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2016-2026) database –

All salary and job growth data accessed in July 2019.

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