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This is an exciting time for healthcare management. Healthcare is changing more rapidly than almost any other field. The field is changing in terms of how and where care is delivered, who is providing those services, and how that care is financed. Healthcare management requires talented people to manage the changes taking place. In their roles, healthcare executives have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to improving the health of the communities their organizations serve.

With growing diversity in the healthcare system, executives are needed in many settings, including:

  • Clinics
  • Consulting firms
  • Health insurance organizations
  • Healthcare associations
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Physician practices
  • Mental health organizations
  • Public health departments
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Universities and research institutions

Today, an estimated 100,000 people occupy health management positions at numerous organizational levels, from department head to chief executive officer. Requirements for senior-level positions in healthcare organizations are demanding, but these jobs also offer opportunities to improve the system of care giving.

If you choose a career in healthcare management, your first job might be an entry- to mid-level management position in a specialized area, such as:

  • Finance
  • Government relations
  • Human resources
  • Information systems
  • Marketing and public affairs
  • Material management (purchasing of equipment and supplies)
  • Medical staff relations
  • Nursing administration
  • Patient care services
  • Planning and development

Growth and Salaries

Healthcare management is a huge, complex, and ever-changing field. In fact, healthcare services will increase 30 percent from 1996-2006 and will account for 3.1 million new jobs, the largest increase of any industry.

Hospital Executive Salary Information: 2011

The following compensation data comes from the 2011 Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc.'s Survey of Manager and Executive Compensation in Hospitals and Health Systems. The survey:

  • Includes data from nearly 1,200 healthcare organizations across the United States on over 130 system-level jobs and over 140 hospital-level jobs.

  • Provides information on a variety of compensation practices, including compensation strategy, incentive program design, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, severance arrangements, perquisites and other executive benefits.

For additional information on the survey or questions on the data contained in this summary, please contact Jim Nelson, Managing Principal, Sullivan, Cotter and Associates, Inc. at jimnelson@sullivancotter.com or by phone at (888) 739-7039. Additional information about SullivanCotter can be found on their website at sullivancotter.com.

Health Systems: Median annual base salary and total cash compensation

(All figures in thousands of dollars.)

 
Net Revenue Greater Than or Equal to $1 Billion
Net Revenue Less Than $1 Billion
Base Total Cash Base Total Cash
President and CEO $898 $1,111 $603 $707
COO $624 $801 $378 $400
CMO $454 $552 $346 $379
CFO $476 $568 $326 $376
CIO $338 $404 $246 $261
Top Patient Care Executive $280 $334 $248 $272
Top Nursing Services Executive $279 $361 $206 $222
Top Managed Care Executive $265 $325 $182 $191
Top Human Resources Executive $311 $358 $229 $256
Top Professional Services Executive $283 $318 $196 $221
Top Support Services Executive $200 $230 $184 $198
Top Ambulatory Care Executive $265 $326 $230 $250
Top Facilities Executive $223 $239 $186 $200
Top Legal Services Executive $363 $439 $268 $281
Top Marketing Executive $207 $228 $175 $199

Hospitals: Median annual base salary and total cash compensation

(All figures in thousands of dollars.)

 
Net Revenue Greater Than or Equal to $1 Billion
Net Revenue Less Than $1 Billion
Base Total Cash Base Total Cash
 
Freestanding Hospitals
President and CEO $605 $696 $378 $140
COO $369 $410 $210 $225
CMO $373 $392 $260 $270
CFO $346 $376 $226 $247
 
System Owned Hospitals
President and CEO $410 $520 $279 $343
COO $253 $299 $180 $211
CMO $317 $355 $274 $299
CFO $235 $286 $177 $210
 
All Hospitals
CIO $236 $250 $144 $149
Patient Care Services Executive $226 $245 $163 $177
Nursing Services Executive $206 $237 $161 $180
Managed Care Executive $182 $197 isd isd
Human Resources Executive $199 $218 $140 $159
Professional Services Executive $197 $221 $157 $169
Support Services Executive $182 $198 $150 $162
Ambulatory Services Executive $232 $253 $171 $194
Facilities Executive $190 $201 $141 $152
Legal Services Executive $278 $326 $193 $197
Marketing Executive $181 $197 $144 $161
 
(2010 Hospital Compensation Survey -
Conducted by IHStrategies)

*All figures in thousands of dollars. Unless otherwise noted, each position includes a mix of data from independent and subsidiary organizations.


Healthcare Administration in the Military and Department of Veterans Affairs

There are many rewarding and exciting healthcare management careers offered through the uniformed services as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. Click on the links for additional information.


 


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