Non-whites, females face pay disparities in health IT: 6 things to know

The average salary of a digital health professional is $109,610, a number that has consistently increased over a 12-year period but with a slowing trajectory, according to a recent Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society survey.

Nearly 885 health IT professionals responded to the 2018 HIMSS U.S. Compensation Survey.

Here are six things to know.

1. On average, females earn 18 percent less than their male counterparts, with females' earning an average salary of $100,447 and males earning an average salary of $123,244.

2. The gender pay gap for female executives (78 percent) is wider than the gaps experienced by females occupying non-executive, managerial (90 percent) and non-managerial (95 percent) roles.

3. Female health IT professionals working in the South (77 percent) and West (76 percent) experience greater pay disparities than in other areas of the U.S.

4. Non-white health IT professionals on average make 12 percent less than their white counterparts, in which the average salary of non-white respondents is $99,069, compared to white respondents' average salary of $112,926. Non-white females have the lowest average salary ($92,340) compared to their peers.

5. Health IT workers are moderately satisfied (2.87 on a scale of one to five, with five indicating extremely satisfied) with their base pay.

6. Although 72 percent of health IT workers received a salary increase in the last 12 months, whites (74 percent) were more likely that non-whites (64 percent) to see a pay bump.

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