South Dakota Healthcare Administration Salaries - SD
Healthcare administrators earn an average salary of $74,000 in South Dakota and applicants with on-the-job experience in the healthcare field and that possess strong management and business skills will have the best opportunities for employment. The following are typical annual salaries for healthcare administration salaries in South Dakota’s major cities: Sioux Falls, $58,000; Rapid City, $57,000; Aberdeen; and $58,000 Watertown, $61,000.
Hospitals and clinics depend on healthcare administrators, or medical and health services managers, as do mental health facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and long term care facilities. Among the top ten largest employers in South Dakota, six are hospitals. Medical centers such as the Sanford USD Medical Center, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Avera Saint Luke's Hospital and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center offer employment opportunities.
For those who seek administrative management positions in nursing homes and long term care facilities, the South Dakota Department of Health and its South Dakota Board of Nursing Facility Administrators conducts and holds examinations to ensure that licensed administrators are in all nursing facilities. To become licensed as a nursing facility administrator in South Dakota, an individual must meet the following requirements. They must have a baccalaureate degree with emphasis on administration or long term care and have successfully completed a practicum. They just successfully pass the national nursing facility administrator examination, with a passing scale score of 113 and a state examination covering the rules of the South Dakota Department of Health governing nursing facilities. A passing score on the state examination is 75 percent. The Board also requires that 40 continuing education hours are completed biennially for licensure renewal.