Health Administration Salaries in South Dakota

The work of healthcare administrators is critical to the quality of, and access to, healthcare services in South Dakota, both in the state’s metro areas and its large rural regions. While major hospital systems like Sioux Falls’ Sanford Health and Avera Health are certainly a major source of jobs in healthcare administration, the state’s rural healthcare facilities also provide outstanding professional opportunities in this field that can’t be overlooked. In fact, in South Dakota’s rural areas, there are no less than 38 critical access hospitals, 56 rural healthcare clinics, and 10 short-term hospitals.

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Healthcare administrators in South Dakota enjoy salaries that often exceed the national average. The median salary for these professionals is $106,830 – higher than the national average of $99,730. Job growth in the healthcare administration field is expected to be remain strong, with a 12.7% increase projected between 2016 and 2026.

What’s Influencing Job Growth for South Dakota’s Healthcare Administrators?

As health systems consolidate, merge, and grow, greater earning potential and better and more varied opportunities for healthcare administrators follow. In South Dakota, this couldn’t be truer, with plans for a major health system merger with Sioux Falls’ Sanford Health in the works and exceptional opportunities for healthcare administrators on the horizon.

If plans to merge Sanford Health with the Des-Moines-based UnityPoint Health come to fruition, the result would be a massive health system that would come with $11 billion in annual revenue, ranking it among the top 15 largest nonprofit systems in the nation. The consolidation of these two systems would expand operations into no less than six states: South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Where Healthcare Administrator Jobs in South Dakota Are Paying the Most

Healthcare administrators in the Salt Lake City metro area come out ahead of their colleagues in other parts of the state in terms of median salaries. Here they earn $130,190 – $12,000 more than those in the Provo-Orem metro area, who earn $118,140, and about $20,000 more than those in the St. George and Logan metro areas.

But the top 10% of healthcare administrators in the Logan metro area pull out far ahead, earning an average salary of $195,340, followed closely by those in the Provo-Orem metro area, who earn $194,230.

Salt Lake City

  • 25th percentile: $73,060
  • Median: $96,880
  • 75th percentile: $130,910
  • 90th percentile: $173,560


  • 25th percentile: $57,830
  • Median: $79,260
  • 75th percentile: $118,140
  • 90th percentile: $194,230


  • 25th percentile: $63,420
  • Median: $82,490
  • 75th percentile: $102,400
  • 90th percentile: $131,960

A fully detailed breakdown of health administrator salaries in South Dakota can be seen here:

Area Name
Hourly median wage
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area
Rapid City
Sioux Falls
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area

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 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 South Dakota Department of Labor & Regulation 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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