The Salary Comparison for Nursing Home Office Managers

By Rick Suttle
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Nursing homes depend on office managers to oversee all operations and ensure they're operating efficiently. Nursing home office managers also maintain personnel files, order supplies and business equipment, prepare billing for state agencies such as Medicare and coordinate family visits for residents. If you want to work as a nursing home office manager, you may need an associate or bachelor's degree.

Salary and Qualifications

The average annual salary for a nursing home office manager was $88,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed. To work in this field, you need at least a high school diploma and 3 or more years of industry experience. Some employers may prefer that you have either an associate or bachelor's degree in business or public administration. Other essential requirements are an attention to detail and analytical, communication, leadership and computer skills.

Salary by Region

In 2013, average salaries for nursing home office managers varied the most within the West region, according to Indeed, where they earned the lowest salaries of $58,000 in Hawaii and highest of $95,000 in California. Those in the Northeast made $76,000 to $106,000 per year in Maine and New York, respectively. If you were employed as a nursing home office manager in Louisiana or Washington, D.C., you'd earn $75,000 or $104,000, respectively, which were the lowest and highest earnings in the South region. In the Midwest, you'd make the least in Nebraska or South Dakota and the most in Illinois -- $66,000 or $96,000, respectively.

Contributing Factors

Nursing home office managers earn more in Washington, D.C., and New York because housing and living costs are considerably higher in that district and state. For example, if you earned $90,000 as a nursing home office manager in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, you'd need to make $136,154 in Washington, D.C., to enjoy the same living standard, according to CNN Money's Cost of Living Calculator. In New York City, you'd have to earn $212,846 to maintain your standard of living -- or approximately 136 percent more. You may also earn more working for a large nursing home, which likely has higher revenue and a larger budget to support your higher salary.

Job Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't forecast jobs for nursing home office managers. It predicts a 15-percent increase in jobs for administrative services managers from 2010 to 2020, which is about average compared to the 14-percent growth rate for all other occupations. Nursing home office managers run facilities just like administrative services managers, so they're likely to experience a similar growth rate. Most importantly, employers will need administrative services and nursing home managers to analyze operating costs and improve energy efficiency in their facilities. Nursing home office managers may actually experience an above-average growth rate, as employment for nursing aides and attendants, who work in nursing homes, is projected to increase 20 percent in the next decade -- an above average rate. New and existing facilities will need nursing home office managers to run them.

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