HIT pros see decrease in salary, increase in job satisfaction

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Despite a decrease in the average reported salary for health IT professionals, job satisfaction has gone up, according to a survey from HealthITJobs.com. 

This is the second year the online job search website surveyed its membership--more than 700 health IT professionals responded.

The average health IT salary is $87,443, down from $89,873 last year. New England is the leading region, reporting an average salary of $99,536 in New England. Other regions reported the following average salaries:

  • $97,620 in the Mid Atlantic
  • $97,381 in Mountain states
  • $90,401 in Pacific states
  • $91,239 in the Southeast
  • $90,259 in the Southwest
  • $80,311 in the Midwest

Executives reported the highest salaries at $182,036; followed by project managers at $107,674; and health IT managers at $105,235.

Less than half (45 percent) of respondents reported satisfaction with their income. The average desired salary is $105,631. "The average gap between what they earn and what they think they deserve is pretty significant at around an $18,000 difference," according to HealthITJobs.com.

The 2015 decrease in average reported salary "can easily be explained by the standard deviation," according to the report, so should not be interpreted as a decrease in the value of health IT professionals. Their salaries "will likely get more attractive as the competition for talent gets tougher."

The majority (83 percent) of health IT professionals report they are satisfied with their jobs, compared with 80 percent last year. However, more than half of respondents said they will look for a new job in less than a year, and 31 percent said they were not sure if they would stay in their current job.

Besides their salary, respondents cited excessive workload and hospital politics as sources of job dissatisfaction.