It’s a great time to be looking for a health information technology job. Why? In 2015, CNBC listed “medical records and health information professionals” as the sixth most in-demand healthcare job. For the Record magazine reported in 2016:
The supply of HIT talent fails to meet the industry’s growing demand—an increasingly serious and limiting issue for organizations looking to harness HIT’s power and innovate while also looking to ensure the security of patient data and adhere to privacy regulations.
Not only is there a huge need for highly skilled health IT professionals, but also, over the course of their careers, they have ample opportunity to move up in position and salary.
What sort of role should you aim for? Take a look at our list of the five highest health information technology job salaries and start planning your future career.
(Keep in mind as you read, all health information technology salaries listed are based on national averages; actual salaries depend on your location.)
1. Chief Information Officer: $123,000 – $208,417
What they do
As part of the executive team, chief information officers (CIOs) are in charge of all patient information that passes through healthcare organizations. CIOs typically lead the internal IT department and determine—with other C-level professionals—what strategies and resources IT teams need to handle the growing amount of digital health data.
In 2013, CIOs working in health care earned an average of $208,417, according to a survey from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Indeed reports a lower average healthcare CIO salary of $123,000.
Data from Glassdoor and Payscale show an average national salary of nearly $150,000 for CIOs in any industry.
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2. Chief Technology Officer: $117,000 – $164,934
What they do
Chief technology officers (CTOs) lead development of new technology in a healthcare facility. CTOs are responsible for in-depth understanding of the technology used as well as recognizing its valuable application to patient care. Many times, CTOs oversee technical staff, are the right hand of CIOs, and maintain relationships with key leaders in organizations.
Healthcare CTOs earn an average salary of $117,000, according to Indeed. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a CTO position was $131,600 in 2015. For CTOs in any industry, the national average salary is $149,978 on Payscale and $164,934 on Glassdoor.
3. Consultant: $78,147 – $140,971
What they do
Health IT consultants are typically hired by healthcare organizations to do tasks, including working with end user groups to solve tech problems; analyzing, designing, and implementing system changes; or designing and developing new products or other business initiatives. Consultants may work for a firm or have their own client base.
In 2015, the HIMSS Compensation Survey reported that health IT professionals who worked for a consulting firm made $140,971 on average—that’s at least 15 percent higher than health information technology salaries at other organizations. Consulting salaries vary widely, but the average implementation consultant earns $78,147, according to the 2015 HealthITJobs.com Salary Report.
The national average for consultants in any industry is $92,564 on Glassdoor.
4. Chief Security Officer: $72,000 – $112,670
What they do
The main responsibility of chief security officers (CSOs) is to protect the security and privacy of health data. CSOs evaluate system vulnerability and plan and implement security technologies or policies. In the wake of recent high-profile cyberattacks, organizations in many industries, including health care, are rushing to hire security experts.
In 2015, a Wall Street Journal article about chief information security officers read, “high demand, coupled with a shortage of talent, is leading to compensation that is zooming up on almost a daily basis.”
The average national salary for CSOs in any industry is $72,000 on SimplyHired, $85,000 on Indeed, and $112,670 on Payscale.
5. Software Engineer: $79,357- $100,690
What they do
In health care, software engineers design and modify computer software that promotes healthcare delivery. Engineers may work on health system websites, mobile applications, or software supporting electronic health records and health record information exchanges. Sometimes engineers takes on project management roles for large software implementations, directing programmers who write the code for the projects.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for software engineers in any industry was $100,690 in 2015.
The average salary for software engineers in any industry is $79,357 on Payscale, $94,000 on Indeed, and $95,195 on Glassdoor.
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