Healthcare Administration Career Path

Career Path and Earning Potential

Healthcare Administration jobs are typically spread across three tiers: entry-level positions, middle management positions, and executive-level positions. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for Medical and Health Services Managers was $76,990 in 2007.

On average, Healthcare Administrators who work in hospitals earn the highest salaries, while those who work for home health care agencies earn the lowest. In 2006, the median annual earnings for managers in home health care facilities was $66,720, while the median annual earnings for managers in hospitals was $78,660.

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Your first Healthcare Administration job will depend on your level of education and experience. People early in Healthcare Administration careers often start out in associate staff positions in larger organizations, but may obtain higher-level positions in some smaller organizations.

People typically enter a career in Healthcare Administration by one of two paths: either they have just completed an associate’s degree or higher level program and have little to no on-the-job experience, or they began working in a related field and have sufficient career experience to move into a Healthcare Administration position.

Entry-Level/Staff Healthcare Administration Jobs

Entry-level Healthcare Administration jobs include assistant administrative positions such as operating assistants, marketing assistants, insurance company representatives, and accountants. Graduates of healthcare management programs may obtain jobs as managers and supervisors in smaller organizations, such as physician offices, clinics, and public health or human service agencies.

Healthcare Administrators at this level can expect to earn average annual salaries of around $30,000 to $40,000, although applicants with related work experience may command higher salaries.

Middle Management Healthcare Administration Jobs

Healthcare Administration jobs at the middle management level include department managers, case managers, marketing directors, and contract negotiators. The average annual salary for positions at this level typically ranges from $50,000 to $80, 000.

Senior-Level Healthcare Administration Jobs

It will generally take about ten years for Healthcare Administration managers to become senior-level managers and executives. Positions at this level include department vice presidents, senior vice presidents, chief financial officers, chief operating officers, and chief executive officers. Annual salaries at this level range from $100,000 to $200,000 or more, and often include bonuses and stock options. You can definitely expect to earn your salary, however, as Healthcare Administration executives often work 60 or more hours per week.