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Hospital Administrator Salary

Median pay for Hospital Administrators in the United States is around $97K annually. Compensation ranges between $48K and $176K per year. Total cash compensation to Hospital Administrators bottoms out near $48K and approaches $176K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $26K from bonuses and almost $19K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men make up a slight majority of Hospital Administrators (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Most Hospital Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$51,743 - $168,845
(Median)
$52K
$97K
$170K
MEDIAN: $97,356
10%
50%
90%

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$12.08 - $44.70
(Median)
$12
$20
$45
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,743 - $168,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,083  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,392  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$48,171 - $176,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 444
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $44.70  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $33.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $26,083  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,392  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$48,171 - $176,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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Job Description for Hospital Administrator

Hospital administrators are responsible for the smooth operation of daily hospital activity. They manage the daily operations of a hospital and they supervise staff. An administrator must direct and coordinate departments to formulate specific goals and to reach organization-wide goals. They liaise with regulatory bodies, the press, the community and scientists. Hospital administrators also set budget goals and costs for service as well as direct fundraising and fees for special cases. They interact and work with physicians, nurses, orderlies, assistants, lawyers, ethicists and patients. As such, administrators must be professional and aware of who they are interacting with at all times. This is to ensure the most efficient working environment for physicians as well as the most comfortable environment for patients.

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Hospital Administrator Tasks

  • Liaise with external entities like regulatory bodies, the press, the community, and scientists.
  • Direct and coordinate departments to formulate specific goals and to reach organization-wide goals.
  • Manage daily operations of a hospital and supervise staff.
  • Set budget goals and costs for service, and direct fundraising and fees for special cases.

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Hospital Administrators typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Operations Management and Human Resources are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources. Aptitude in Human Resources tends to also indicate an understanding of Operations Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Hospital Administrators. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $75K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $98K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $116K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $132K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Hospital Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$98,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Hospital Administrator Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$98,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%