Health Administration Salaries in South Carolina

Healthcare administration salaries in South Carolina vary by experience level and often location as well. According to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the average starting salary among healthcare administration professionals in South Carolina was $53,880 in 2012.

The median salary was 34% higher at $81,670, while salaries for the most experienced professionals were nearly 50% above those for entry-level professionals at $106,880. Healthcare administrators in the Charlotte/Gastonia/Concord region earned the highest salaries in the state, with a median salary of $94,140 as of the 2012 report.

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Practice Settings Experiencing Job Growth in Healthcare Administration

The United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the number of jobs for healthcare administrators nationwide is expected to grow by 23% between 2012 and 2022. However, the State of the Workforce report published in 2012 by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce examined the decade between 2010 and 2020 and revealed how this occupational growth will break down specifically in South Carolina.

The ambulatory healthcare sector, which includes physicians’ offices and home health settings, is slated for 46% growth in employment between 2010 and 2020. The ambulatory healthcare sector is expected to see the largest employment gains and opportunities statewide. Employment in nursing and residential care facilities is expected to grow by 26.4% during this period, while hospitals will see the number of jobs increase by 16.8%. Job growth in the field of healthcare administration is closely aligned with overall job growth in the healthcare sector.

Healthcare Administrator Salaries According to Location and Level of Experience

In 2012, the majority of healthcare administrators in South Carolina were employed in the Greenville region, followed by the Trident and Midlands regions. That trend is expected to continue through 2022.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce published data showing salaries for key metro and non-metro areas in the state (2012):

Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord

  • Entry Level: $70,040
  • Median: $94,140
  • Experienced: $129,250

Charleston

  • Entry Level: $62,750
  • Median: $90,830
  • Experienced: $115,810

Columbia

  • Entry Level: $51,560
  • Median: $82,790
  • Experienced: $107,810

Greenville

  • Entry Level: $44,900
  • Median: $72,600
  • Experienced: $92,770

Shown below is a comparative view of healthcare administration salaries in South Carolina based on data published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Anderson SC
140
98620
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC
980
98130
Columbia SC
880
89060
Florence SC
360
83190
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley SC
640
76810
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway SC
200
80250
Spartanburg SC
230
96080
Sumter SC
110
79420
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
260
98270
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
230
92360
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
110
71390
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
140
86710

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