How Does Your HIT Salary Stack Up?

How Does Your HIT Salary Stack Up? How Does Your HIT Salary Stack Up?

Healthcare IT continues to be one of the fastest growing careers in the nation, according to HealthITJobs.com, which recently surveyed 697 members about their pay and job satisfaction. The findings show the mean salary for HIT pros is $89,879.43 with 30 percent of respondents also getting a bonus averaging more than $13,000. And 80 percent of respondents are happy with their job.

Gender Gap Gender Gap

While workers in the field generally are well-paid, there is a distinct gender gap. A male employee on average makes $99,568.68, which is almost $17,000 more than women counterparts who average $82,036.39. The data doesn’t present reasons for this gender pay gap, but it’s certainly something the industry as a whole should consider, according to a report from HealthITJobs.com.

Geography Matters Geography Matters

There are big geographic swings in salary. The Mid-Atlantic pays the most with an average of $105,923.00. The Pacific is next at $99,040.08, followed by Mountain at $98,308.59, New England at $98,292.49, Southwest at $94,051.37, Southeast at $84,468.82 and Midwest at $81,255.67. "Of course, the cost of living in each area needs to be considered before you dream of making Mid-Atlantic money," report authors say.

Experience Matters Experience Matters

The gap between the most experienced and least experienced is pretty telling, according to the report. While employees with two years or less of experience made $70,158.65, those with 11-15 years were hitting about $103,710.87, and veterans with more than 20 years of experience were pulling in about $145,133.33 on average. Certified workers also make $10,000 or more than those without certifications. There can be a gap of about $35,000 in salary between employees coming in with healthcare experience and those without.

Average Pay by Function Average Pay by Function

Project managers average 111,648.73. That compares to $94,275.05 for health informaticists, $81,574.31 for systems analysts, $80,907.41 for implementation consultants, $78,147.27 for clinical application specialists and $74,227.27 for trainees.

The Gravy Train The Gravy Train

While health IT is a well-paid field, certain segments correlate to higher wages, according to the report. If that is what you want, become a consultant where the average wage is $109,715.42. Other high payers are insurers ($93,162.50), software vendors ($87,992.23) and hospital/health systems ($85,367.72).

Not Doing it for the Money Not Doing it for the Money

Average salaries for different industry segments include “Other” at $77,361.29, Government at $75,354.17, Physician Groups at $68,820.37 and Clinics at $66,842.50. High job satisfaction across the segments results from the ability to keep growing as a professional with good upward mobility opportunities, good income and having the opportunity to do what you do best.

The report also tracks average salary with five EHR vendors. Epic is the highest and followed by McKesson, Meditech, Allscripts and NextGen. The report is available at http://www.healthitjobs.com/member/registration/aspx to HealthITJobs.com members and membership is free for job seekers and employers.

Healthcare IT continues to be one of the fastest growing careers in the nation, according to HealthITJobs.com, which recently surveyed 697 members about their pay and job satisfaction. The findings show the mean salary for HIT pros is $89,879.43 with 30 percent of respondents also getting a bonus averaging more than $13,000. And 80 percent of respondents are happy with their job.

 

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