What the top paid private health insurance companies make
The health insurance industry is booming.
It’s hiring and its expanding fast.
The private health insurer market has more than doubled in size since the first wave of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies.
The sector now employs nearly a million people.
Its average pay has more or less doubled in the last decade, to about $100,000 per year.
The biggest payers in the industry are private insurance companies and for-profit companies that offer coverage to millions of Americans.
But there’s one company that makes it big: The headhunter industry.
It is, in fact, the largest health insurance firm in the world, according the Institute.
“The headhunter is the largest paid employment category in the country,” said IHS Chief Economist and Director of Research Robert W. Baird.
“We believe it is also the largest employer of healthcare workers globally.”
But while the headhunter sector has doubled in recent years, it has not grown quite as fast as the health insurance sector.
In 2010, headhunters made up about 7.5 percent of the U.S. health insurance workforce, but by 2020, they made up just 4.2 percent.
The industry grew by a whopping 75 percent in just five years.
By 2025, the industry’s total pay grew by just 9 percent.
But the headhunter industry’s surge has been accompanied by a massive growth in the pay of the private health insurers that offer health insurance to its members.
The pay of these insurers has increased by an average of 8.2 times in the past 10 years, according IHS.
And they’re not just growing.
The headhunting industry’s overall income is growing faster than the average pay of American workers, the report said.
That means the headhunt industry’s annual compensation is now higher than the annual compensation of the average U.s. worker.
And it’s growing at an even faster rate than the wages of most Americans.
In 2025, headhunter compensation was $30,000, or $60,000 for a full-time employee.
By 2020, that figure was $80,000.
But that’s only if you exclude the cost of health insurance, which IHS defines as wages, tips, vacation and other benefits.
It doesn’t include the cost to hire an employee, which is often included in the compensation calculations.
But IHS estimates that the head hunt industry pays at least as much as the average American worker.
Its compensation was about $40,000 in 2025.
The total pay for headhunts in the U, including the cost for health insurance alone, was $65,000 by 2020.
That number grew by more than 60 percent between 2020 and 2025, to $72,000 (in 2025 dollars).
In other words, the head hunter’s pay was more than twice what it was 10 years ago, according a report released by IHS last month.
“IHS estimates headhuntering compensation rose at an average rate of 9.5 times over the past decade, more than three times faster than wages and four times faster the average compensation of Americans,” Baird said.
The top paid headhunter for the U S is the insurance giant Humana. “
With more than $400 billion in private health care costs, the private headhunter pay surge is likely to fuel a substantial expansion of the industry,” Baird continued.
The top paid headhunter for the U S is the insurance giant Humana.
It makes about $85,000 an hour.
The second-highest paid head hunter is the company that includes Aetna in its pay list, UnitedHealth Group.
Its pay is $83,000 a year.
Aetanay is in third place, with $80.7 million.
Its third-highest pay is in the insurance industry.
Its biggest payer is UnitedHealth, which makes $83.8 million.
“Hospitality and entertainment payers dominate the sector’s pay structure, accounting for about 70 percent of total pay in the private sector,” Baird added.
That includes hospitals and entertainment companies that provide insurance to their employees.
“Insurance payers are among the largest employers of private health workers worldwide, making up more than 90 percent of all private health sector workers,” Baird wrote.
“And they’re increasingly expanding their presence in the marketplace, as the number of Americans covered by private insurance contracts with the number that use it declines.
For example, in 2015, more Americans accessed private health coverage than in 2008, with an average monthly premium of $6,200.
This is the first time we’ve looked at the size of the overall healthcare industry, and it confirms what I’ve been saying for years: Private health insurance is one of the most lucrative sectors of the economy,” Baird concluded. And, in