Health Administration Salaries in Virginia

Virginia’s healthcare administrators are the behind-the-scenes stars of the state’s robust healthcare system, which was ranked ninth in the nation for its quality of care by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency in 2017.

And the salaries of these professionals reflect this. Healthcare administrators in Virginia earn a median salary of $116,700 – about $17,000 more than the national average for these professionals.

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Factors Influencing Job Growth for Healthcare Administrators in Virginia

Healthcare in Virginia is a major driver of the economy, and the hospitals and health systems here contribute $40 billion to the GDP, support more than 125,000 direct jobs, and pay out $8.5 billion in payroll and benefits annually, according to the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association.

The sheer size and strength of the healthcare industry in Virginia support the 7,650 healthcare administrators working here and the growth in this profession which, between 2016 and 2026, is projected to be 23.7% – faster than the national growth rate of 20.5%.

Where Virginia Healthcare Administrators Are Earning the Most

The largest number of healthcare administrators in Virginia is located in the major metropolitan area of Richmond, which is also home to the some of the top salaries for these professionals, particularly the top 25percent, who earn $145,730.

Most healthcare administrators here earn near or in the six figures for median salaries, with the exception of Harrisonburg, which falls short at $81,750.

Richmond

  • 25th percentile: $88,180
  • Median: $106,970
  • 75th percentile: $145,730
  • 90th percentile: $176,570

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • 25th percentile: $74,200
  • Median: $96,980
  • 75th percentile: $132,000
  • 90th percentile: $152,540

Charlottesville

  • 25th percentile: $84,910
  • Median: $103,680
  • 75th percentile: $131,460
  • 90th percentile: $201,760

Roanoke

  • 25th percentile: $90,150
  • Median: $111,850
  • 75th percentile: $138,660
  • 90th percentile: $173,810

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a further breakdown of healthcare administrator salaries in Virginia, by metro and non-metro areas, here:

Area Name
Employment
Hourly median wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford
160
43.40
Charlottesville
450
49.85
Harrisonburg
60
39.30
Lynchburg
280
46.17
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area
50
46.39
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area
60
44.83
Richmond
1500
51.43
Roanoke
400
53.77
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
230
46.29
Southwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area
240
40.91
Staunton-Waynesboro
110
55.33
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
1350
46.63
Winchester
170
48.58

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_va.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 Virginia Workforce Connection 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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