Washington State continues to rank among the top states in the nation for population and economic growth, which translates into superb opportunities for healthcare administrators. According to the Washington State Wire, Washington, for the second year in a row, led the nation in GDP growth – 4.4% in 2017. Its impressive population growth includes an increase of about 821,000 people since 2010, reaching 7.5 million people in 2019.
Salary stats and job growth projections for healthcare administrators are as impressive as you’d expect in Washington State, where demand for healthcare services grow along with the population. Healthcare administrators here earn a median salary of $117,970, or about $18,000 more than the national average, while jobs for these professionals from 2016 to 2026 are projected to increase by 24.7% – much higher than the national project growth rate of 20.5% for this profession.
A Closer Look at Opportunities for Healthcare Administrators in Washington
Healthcare in Washington isn’t just growing in response to a rising population, it’s rising to the top in the U.S. for the quality of its healthcare system.
A report by U.S. News & World Report named Washington State as the top state in the nation in 2019, with its healthcare system being a major contributor to this state’s #1 ranking. The report referred to healthcare in this state as a major focus, recognizing many of the hospitals here among the nation’s best, including the University of Washington Medical Center, the Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Evergreen Health in Kirkland.
Healthcare Administrator Salaries in Washington State, by Location
Not surprisingly, Washington’s Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue came out on top for its number of healthcare administrators (4,200) and for their median salary ($115,320). Among the state’s top 10% of earners, the Spokane metro area took first place, at $204,270, followed closely by the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area, at $199,520.
- 25th percentile: $87,070
- Median: $115,320
- 75th percentile: $146,700
- 90th percentile: $199,520
- 25th percentile: $57,210
- Median: $68,400
- 75th percentile: $83,930
- 90th percentile: $155,470
- 25th percentile: $75,990
- Median: $97,390
- 75th percentile: $125,770
- 90th percentile: $164,610
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a further breakdown of salaries among Washington’s healthcare administrators in 2018:
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– https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_wa.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 Washington Employment Security Department 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.