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CHIME CIO Compensation Survey Reveals Base Salary and Imbursement Influencers for Healthcare’s Top IT Executives

ANN ARBOR, MI, February 27, 2013 – Healthcare CIOs earned an average base salary of $208,417 in 2012, according to a recent survey conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). However, the survey found that compensation for IT leaders varied widely based on several factors, including size and type of organization, title held by the respondent, and reporting relationships.

The survey is the largest compensation review conducted in recent years by CHIME, an Ann Arbor-Mich.-based professional organization of chief information officers and senior level healthcare IT executives with more than 1,450 members. A total of 263, or about 18 percent of CHIME’s membership, took the survey between late December 2012 and early January 2013.

Most CIOs received minimal base salary increases over what they were paid in 2011, according to results of the survey. Some 44 percent reported receiving either no increase or less than a 3 percent raise. Overall, 74 percent of CIOs received less than a 5 percent increase in salary.

“While CIOs are taking on increasing responsibility to implement systems that are mission-critical, salary increases have been modest as healthcare organizations adjust to tighter reimbursement for care and rising costs in a number of areas,” said Gary Barnes, CIO at Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas.

CIOs with dual or additional titles in their organizations reported higher salaries. For example, 37 percent of respondents with a CIO-only title averaged a base salary of $199,890, while those carrying the title of CIO and vice president (28 percent) averaged $206,788, and those with CIO and executive vice president titles (11 percent) averaged $310,326.

Reporting structure also had an impact on IT executive base salary levels. For example, 44 percent of respondents reporting to the CEO earned an average base salary of $217,170. By contrast, the 21 percent of CIOs reporting to their CFOs earned an average of $175,263.

“As CIOs take on high-profile projects that affect the delivery of care and improved charge capture, they are gaining more attention from senior executives,” said Linda Hodges, senior vice president at Witt/Kieffer and a former member of CHIME’s board of trustees. “Reporting relationships often take a while to change in healthcare organizations, but the CIO’s role in achieving strategic initiatives is significant at most hospitals now.”

Other findings from the survey include:
• CIOs at smaller facilities earn significantly less than those at larger health organizations. Respondents from critical access hospitals (with fewer than 25 beds) reported base salaries that were $80,000 less than the average for all respondents. Base salaries earned by CIOs working at hospitals with fewer than 200 beds were 34 percent less than those who reported they were working at organizations with 200 to 399 beds.
• CIOs (58 percent) with master’s degrees earn about 10 percent more than those with bachelor’s degrees (33 percent).
• Some 75 percent of CIOs receive some kind of bonus payment or benefit in addition to their base salary.
• In general, respondents’ base salaries were not determined through negotiation. Some 86 percent said their salary was determined by someone else in their organization.

To access a pdf copy of the report, visit http://www.cio-chime.org/chime/press/surveys/pdf/CHIME_2012_CIO_Salary_Survey_Report.pdf.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,450 CIO members and over 95 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

Stephanie Fraser
Director of Communications

Updated: 2/27/2013 12:55:05 PM