Health Administration Salaries in Washington

As of 2015, the average healthcare administration salary in Washington was $115,055, according to statistics published by the Washington State Employment Security Department. This is roughly 10% higher than the national average for this profession reported by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014. Healthcare administrators in Washington were offered an average starting salary of $78,874 per year in 2015, while experienced healthcare administrators earned an average salary that was about 40% higher at $132,330.

Occupational Outlook for Washington’s Healthcare Administrators

In Washington, the healthcare administration field is slated for tremendous growth. Between 2013 and 2023, the number of jobs for healthcare administrators in Washington is expected to grow by 39% statewide. The largest growth in job opportunities for healthcare administrators is expected to be in King County, which encompasses Bellevue and Seattle.

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Shown here are the counties that are projected to see the largest growth:

  • King County (Bellevue, Seattle): 41%
  • Pierce County (Tacoma): 29%
  • Spokane County (Spokane): 34%

As recently as August of 2015, healthcare administrators ranked #17 on the list of Top 25 Occupations in Washington, a monthly report compiled by the Washington State Employment Security Department, which reports on the most in-demand occupations based on current job openings. As of August 2015, the greatest number of jobs available to healthcare administrators is in Pierce County, which ranked #3 on the list. Healthcare administrators also made the list in the following counties:

  • Chelan County (#6)
  • Jefferson County (#9)
  • Pacific County (#6)
  • Pierce County (Tacoma) (#3)
  • San Juan County (#9)
  • Snohomish County (#16)
  • Spokane County (#7)
  • Thurston County (#10)
  • Walla Walla County (#5)
  • Yakima County (#8)

Healthcare Administration Salaries by Location

The Seattle/Bellevue/Everett region seems to be one of the most lucrative areas for healthcare administrators. In that area, starting salaries are 7% higher than statewide averages and 8.6% higher than the statewide median (Washington State Employment Security Department, 2015):

Statewide

  • Entry-Level: $78,874
  • Median: $101,712
  • Top 25th Percentile: $132,330
  • Average: $115,055

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett

(King and Snohomish counties)

  • Entry-Level: $85,197
  • Median: $111,322
  • Top 25th Percentile: $143,104
  • Average: $123,593

Spokane

(Spokane County)

  • Entry-Level: $73,299
  • Median: $92,040
  • Top 25th Percentile: $123,864
  • Average: $106,751

Tacoma

(Pierce County)

  • Entry-Level: $75,317
  • Median: $93,933
  • Top 25th Percentile: $118,435
  • Average: $100,768

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland

(Benton and Franklin counties)

  • Entry-Level: $69,285
  • Median: $79,248
  • Top 25th Percentile: $100,256
  • Average: $84,748

Shown below for comparison is a complete analysis of healthcare administration salaries across Washington, according to salary statistics released by the United States Department of Labor in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA
230
83580
Longview WA
90
114280
Mount Vernon-Anacortes WA
100
104250
Olympia WA
220
108370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division
3560
121890
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
4270
118180
Spokane WA
460
105280
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division
700
99380
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee WA
60
89110
Yakima WA
140
126530
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
110
95780
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
100
81060
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area
130
94580
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
190
100240

*Salaries are at or above $90 per hour and $187,199 per year. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics does not report salaries beyond these values.

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