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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Topping the salary chart for health IT pros were CIOs, with a median of $170,000 in 2012 (compared with $150,000 in 2011); CTOs, with $160,000 in 2012 (compared with $118,000 in 2011); and VPs, with a median base of $142,000 (down from $162,000 in 2011). Note that some of the changes in pay may reflect smaller bases of respondents with those titles participating in the survey.
Among management ranks, the InformationWeek survey found, healthcare IT project managers and program managers saw the biggest hikes in base salary. Project managers earned a median base pay of $107,000 in 2012, up from $93,000 in 2011, while program managers in 2012 earned $116,000, up from $110,000.
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