Health Administration Salaries in South Carolina

Hospital mergers aren’t anything new in South Carolina, and with these unions of massive hospital systems come increased access to healthcare services for the state’s residents and greater professional opportunities for the systems’ administrators who oversee them.

This growth in the state’s healthcare system has resulted in strong job projections for healthcare administrators in the Palmetto State – a 24.6% growth between 2016 and 2026.

Healthcare administrators in South Carolina also earn the top salaries you’d expect of those whose job it is to manage and operate everything from major hospitals to assisted living facilities to ambulatory centers and more. In South Carolina, the median salary for healthcare administrators is $98,780 – just slightly below the national average salary of $99,730.

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Examining Job Growth for South Carolina Healthcare Administrators

Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures – these terms are commonplace in the nation’s healthcare system, which has seen countless hospital systems come together to form even larger systems that are able to reach more people and provide more efficient care. The consolidation of health systems, largely the work of healthcare administrators, also results in better and more varied professional opportunities for healthcare professionals.

Such is the case in South Carolina, with the 2018 merger of Palmetto Health in Columbia and Greenville Health into what is now known as Prism created the largest healthcare system in South Carolina.

The 13 hospitals within Prism will treat 1.2 million patients annually and generate an annual net revenue of $3.9 billion. It will become the largest private employer in the state, employing more than 28,000 healthcare workers.

Examining South Carolina Healthcare Administrator Salary Differences by Location

Salary ranges for South Carolina’s healthcare administrator tend to be quite broad, with median salaries ranging from the mid-$70,000s to the mid-$90,000s – a $20,000 difference.

The top earners are found in the Sumter metro area, with the top 10% earning a salary of $180,680, with those in the top 10% in the Charleston-North Charleston metro area following closely behind with a median salary of $174,520. The Charleston-North Charleston area came out on top for its number of healthcare administrators (1,090), followed closely by Columbia (1,080).

Charleston-North Charleston

  • 25th percentile: $70,610
  • Median: $93,690
  • 75th percentile: $126,960
  • 90th percentile: $174,520

Columbia

  • 25th percentile: $74,590
  • Median: $95,640
  • 75th percentile: $121,010
  • 90th percentile: $147,920

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin

  • 25th percentile: $64,870
  • Median: $81,190
  • 75th percentile: $107,040
  • 90th percentile: $152,940

A more detailed breakdown of health administrator salaries in South Carolina can be seen here:

Area Name
Employment
Hourly median wage
Charleston-North Charleston
1090
45.04
Columbia
1080
45.98
Florence
400
38.39
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin
1000
39.03
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort
170
40.18
Lower Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
100
40.91
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach
390
41.12
Northeast South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
210
35.23
Spartanburg
460
37.81
Sumter
100
42.70
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area
130
40.15

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 managershttps://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_sc.htm#11-0000.

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 South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation 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 July 2019.

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