Healthcare administrators take note: The healthcare industry in Wisconsin is ripe with opportunities for professionals who can lend their talents to this state’s already-robust healthcare system. In fact, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ranked the Wisconsin healthcare system as the best in the nation in 2017, while the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration ranked the state’s critical access hospitals first in the nation. Wisconsin comes in 12th overall for its general state of health according to a comprehensive 2020 report from the United Health Foundation.
Healthcare administrators in Wisconsin earn a median salary of $106,020 – nearly $2,000 more than the national average. The demand for healthcare administrators here is projected to increase at a steady rate of 10.7% between 2008 and 2018.
Where Opportunities Exist in Wisconsin for Healthcare Administrators
Collaboration for the better coordination of care—it’s the secret behind Wisconsin’s successful healthcare industry and one of the many reasons why it’s great to be a healthcare administrator here.
Most recently, no less than six healthcare systems in Wisconsin formed a statewide network that has resulted in better access to, and higher quality of, healthcare throughout the state. These systems include Aspirus in Wausau, Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee, Bellin Health in Green Bay, Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, ThedaCare in Appleton, and UW Health in Madison. Together, these health systems provide healthcare to about 90% of the population in Wisconsin.
Healthcare Administrator Salaries in Wisconsin, by Location
The Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis metro region is home to the largest number of healthcare administrators in Wisconsin, at 1,800. These professionals earn a median salary of $112,390, and an average salary of $130,970.
The highest-paid (top 10%) healthcare administrators in Wisconsin are found in Wasau, earning a salary that starts at $203,880, which is between $1,500-$70,000+ more than other regions in the state.
- 25th percentile: $90,690
- Median: $112,390
- 90th percentile: NA
- 25th percentile: $98,620
- Median: $118,470
- 90th percentile: $170,120
- 25th percentile: $88,650
- Median: $103,640
- 90th percentile: $179,240
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a breakdown of salaries for Wisconsin healthcare administrators, as of 2020:
2020 US Bureau of Labor Statistics salary figures for Medical and Health Services Managers.
Job growth projections sourced from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and published in the U.S. Department of Labor-funded Long Term Occupational Projections (2018-2028) database – https://projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm.
Salary figures and job market projections represent state data, not school-specific information.
Conditions in your area may vary. Data accessed August 2021.