West Virginia – it’s one of the oldest states in the nation, with its senior population expected to make up about 23% of the state’s total population by 2030, an increase from 16% in 2010.
This swiftly aging state calls for increasing numbers of healthcare administrators who can create and maintain the state’s efficient, accessible, and affordable hospital and healthcare systems. The number of healthcare administrators in West Virginia is expected to increase in the coming years to meet this demand, rising 15% between 2016 and 2026.
The median salary for healthcare administrators in West Virginia is $110,130 – that’s about $10,000 more than the national average.
Factors Influencing Job Growth Among West Virginia’s Healthcare Administrators
In the past, quality medical care usually meant leaving the state. But West Virginia has earned a reputation in recent years for its top-notch healthcare, which also includes an increased access to care. For example, according to the West Virginia Hospital Association, the Mountain State is home to 63 hospitals and health systems, and 30 of the state’s 55 counties have at least one hospital.
Like many other states, healthcare is a major driver of growth in West Virginia, contributing $9.8 billion to the economy and employing more than 44,000 people.
In 2017 alone, there were more than 7 million outpatient visits and more than 1.2 million ER visits in West Virginia.
One of the largest healthcare providers in the state, West Virginia University Medicine, operates dozens of hospitals and specialized medical institutions throughout the region, including the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. A new project for WVU Medicine is on the horizon, too: a $152 million expansion of Ruby Hospital that will add another 150 beds.
What Healthcare Administrators in West Virginia, and Where
As expected, the Morgantown metro region, home to the major health system of WVU Medicine, takes the lead when it comes to median salaries for healthcare administrators, with these professionals earning $111,970, just slightly above the state average.
Morgantown healthcare administrators in the top 25th percentile also earn the highest salaries in the state, at $207,330, which is anywhere from $20,000 to $70,000 more than their counterparts in other regions of the state.
- 25th percentile: $85,520
- Median: $111,970
- 75th percentile: $156,600
- 90th percentile: $207,330
- 25th percentile: $72,690
- Median: $91,600
- 75th percentile: $115,120
- 90th percentile: $131,780
- 25th percentile: $79,970
- Median: $97,650
- 75th percentile: $129,640
- 90th percentile: –
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a full breakdown of salaries, by metro and non-metro region in West Virginia, as of 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_wv.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 Workforce West Virginia 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.