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Career Guide: Medical and Health Services Managers

Career Guide: Medical and Health Services Managers

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook


Median annual earnings of medical and health services managers were $61,370 in 2002. The middle 50 percent earned between $47,910 and $80,150. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $109,080. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical and health services managers in 2002 were as follows:

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  • General medical and surgical hospitals: $65,950
  • Home healthcare services: $56,320
  • Outpatient care centers: $55,650
  • Offices of physicians: $55,600
  • Nursing care facilities: $55,320

Earnings of medical and health services managers vary by type and size of the facility, as well as by level of responsibility. For example, the Medical Group Management Association reported that, in 2002, median salaries for administrators were $78,258 in practices with fewer than seven physicians; $92,727 in practices with seven to 25 physicians; and $125,988 in practices with more than 26 physicians. According to a survey by Modern Healthcare magazine, median annual compensation in 2003 for managers of selected clinical departments was $71,800 in respiratory care, $79,000 in physical therapy, $84,500 in home healthcare, $85,100 in laboratory services, $89,100 in rehabilitation services, $89,500 in medical imaging/diagnostic radiology and $98,400 in nursing services. Salaries also varied according to size of facility and geographic region.

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Medical and health services managers have training or experience in both health and management. Workers in other occupations requiring knowledge of both fields are insurance underwriters and social and community service managers.

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