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CHIME Survey: Women Health IT Execs Earn $30K More Than Men


Last year saw a 13% increase in average base salaries for senior healthcare executives.

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Women chief information officers and senior healthcare information technology (IT) executives made an average of $30,000 more than men in base salary in 2018, based on the findings of a survey of College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) members.

Women made an average of $257,340, while men averaged $228,217, according to CHIME, an organization that serves senior health IT leaders.

The findings differ from those of previous surveys, like the 2015 HIMSS Compensations survey, which found that men who held healthcare executive roles made nearly $26,000 more than women.

The survey represented 266 CHIME members, 27% of whom were women. Surveyors compared the new findings to results from a 2012 poll to gauge how much healthcare changed.

“As a member of Women of CHIME, it is rewarding to see that gender is not a barrier to equitable pay and that both our women and men members are recognized for their contributions,” said D. Sheree McFarland, division CIO of the West Florida division of HCA Healthcare.

In 2018, respondents saw a 13% increase in average base salaries, from $208,417 to $235,806. A majority (45%) of respondents said they received an increase between 0 and 3%. Fewer than 20% said they did not receive an increase to their salary last year. These percentages remained similar to those of 2012.

A superior’s rating of a respondent’s job performance most affected base salary changes (56%), followed by achieving predetermined goals (30%), cost of living adjustments (27%) and increased job responsibility (8%).

Respondents who expressed satisfaction with their total compensation had an average salary of $302,731. Those who reported being unsatisfied had an average salary of $168,857.

Working at a smaller facility was associated with a lower salary.

More than a third of respondents said they actively or casually look for new job opportunities. But nearly 75% said they were satisfied with their current jobs.

Nearly half of respondents experienced heavier workloads from 2017 to 2018.

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