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Health IT Pros Face Salary Gap

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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Survey Date: January 2012

Region: North America

Number of Respondents: 1,172 healthcare IT professionals in 2012, composed of 636 IT staff and 536 IT managers

Purpose: To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines, InformationWeek conducts an annual U.S. IT Salary Survey. Now in its 15th year, it's the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. Last year 18,201 full-time IT professionals completed the Web-based survey. This year 13,880 took part. The goal of this trendable study is to measure various aspects of compensation, benefits, and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 1,172 healthcare IT professionals who participated in the survey.

Methodology: The survey was designed by InformationWeek and fielded online. The survey was promoted in InformationWeek's daily and weekly newsletters. In addition, email invitations with an embedded link to the survey were sent to qualified IT professionals from InformationWeek Business Technology Network print, newsletter, and events databases. The survey was fielded from November 2011 to January 2012.

The information in the report is based on responses from 1,172 healthcare IT professionals. Unemployed and part-time workers were excluded from these results, as were respondents from outside the United States. This report uses median rather than mean or average figures for salary and percentage changes to eliminate distortions caused by extremes at the high or low ends of the responses.

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