Health IT Pay Keeps Climbing

With providers struggling Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and other federal mandates — and already short on staff — IT salaries continue to rise, according to a new HIMSS compensation survey.

According to the HIMSS survey, the average health IT salary was $113,269, with more than two thirds of respondents stating that they had received a raise.  Meanwhile, executive salaries grew 6.1 percent to an average $189,435, while staff pay increased 3.74 percent to $86,536.

IT workers at ambulatory facilities with less than 10 physicians had the lowest compensation ($79,482) but the highest average raise, at 7.98 percent, according to HIMSS.

The average raise for health IT workers was 4.16 percent, substantially more than the average 2.3 percent raise for IT pros in other industries. Nearly half of IT staffers (46.8 percent) said they’d received a bonus, with bonuses averaging 3 to 4 percent of annual salary, FierceHealthIT noted.

The HIMSS survey also pointed out that since 2010, IT salaries have increased 5 percent for men ($130,800) but less than 1 percent for women ($99,523). However, according to IT job site, this phenomenon can be explained by the fact that women tend to hold positions that pay less;  researchers found little difference between salaries for men and women holding the same position.

All this being said, if you’re an IT professional looking for a job or hoping to improve on your current situation, we can help. We encourage you to look at the great IT job site we acquired, Healthcare IT Central, or check out some of these popular searches:

We look forward to helping you find your next health IT position.

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.