Salaries for healthcare information technology professionals grew an average of 5.8% between 2001 and 2003, resulting in an average annual salary of $96,568 in 2003, compared with $91,268 in 2001, according to a survey by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. IT professionals at healthcare consulting firms led all categories, averaging a 7.4% raise over two years and a $116,696 salary in 2003. However, for three-fourths of the 1,352 IT professionals surveyed, the average salary grew only 4.8% during the period.
IT experts at computer firms were the No. 2 wage earners with an average salary of $103,702 in 2003, followed by those employed at health plans and insurers, where salaries averaged $103,634. Physician offices lagged behind the rest of the field, paying an average of $74,386. Salaries for IT professionals in senior management averaged $137,705 in 2003, while program analysts and system administrators had an average salary of less than $60,000. The study is available online at himss.org. -- by John Morrissey