Electronic medical records, compliance, and other initiatives are driving demand for health IT pros. But according to InformationWeek's 2012 Salary Survey, their compensation still trails that of IT professionals across all industries.
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The gap between healthcare IT professionals and IT professionals in general is wider when it comes to total compensation. Median total compensation, including bonuses and direct cash payments, for healthcare IT staff in 2012 was $85,000, up from $80,000 in 2011. Total pay figures for healthcare IT managers rose to $114,000 from $110,000 in 2011. By comparison, median total compensation across all industries in 2012 was $90,000 for IT staff and $116,000 for IT managers.