The Nursing Informatics Salary Range Gap

Even though in 2011 HIMSS released a survey which stated that average salary in Nursing Informatics is $98,702, in reality the salary range for nursing informatics professionals shows a wide gap.




As a nursing informatics professional, I have worked for vendors, for hospitals, and as a consultant, and in my 8 years in the field, I have seen all types of nursing informatics salary ranges.

For the average salary in nursing informatics to be in the range of almost $99,000, you would expect starting salaries to be very high.

However, depending on the state, depending on the city, and even depending on the job title, one can easily find informatics jobs that start even below $50,000.

To demonstrate this huge salary gap, I collected data from all states with different cities from salary.com, and I then averaged these salaries to obtain the graph shown below:

To see state by state salaries, click on the corresponding abbreviations:

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI
ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI
MN MS MO MT NE NH NJ NM NY NC ND
OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT
VA WA WV WI WY
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Nursing Informatics Salary By State 2013

Nursing Informatics Salary By State 2013

The Reason the HIMSS Numbers Don’t Add Up

The first thing to consider is that the 2011 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey consisted ONLY of 660 participants. 56% of these 660 participants have a post-graduate degree: either a Master’s or PhD in Nursing or other field or specialty.

Furthermore, 40% of the participants worked for employers with annual gross revenues between $11 – 200 million, and more than 39% of the respondents had worked in the informatics field for at least 10 years.

Thus, this information in the survey tells us that nurses with a post-graduate degree, who worked in a nursing informatics role for around 10 years in a mid- to large-sized organization with annual gross revenues in the millions of dollars, have an average salary of $98,702.

On the other hand, what we can also deduce is that not all nurses have a post-graduate degree, that not all nurses have the 10+ work experience in the field, that not all nurses work for an organization with a revenue between $11 – 200 million, and then ultimately, not all nurses will make an average salary of $98,702.
Also, one crucial fact not mentioned in this survey is job location. It is obvious that a person living in New York City or a person living in San Francisco for instance, is going to have a higher salary than a person living in Jackson, Mississippi. Yet this factor is not even mentioned in the survey.

A More Realistic Look At Nursing Informatics Salaries

Personally, I like to use salary.com because the salaries listed there tend to pretty much reflect reality.

But again, let’s not forget that we are still looking at salary averages and they may change based on the job role, location, degree, years of experience, demand for a specific skill, and experience a candidate brings to the role.

In my opinion, the salaries we see for the different cities in the graph above offer a better picture of the variation in salaries you may encounter when looking for a job.

From personal experience I can say that smaller hospitals pay a lot less than bigger hospitals, and if you work in a small city or rural area, salaries will lower for sure than if you work in a larger hospital or bigger city.

Also, consultants make higher salaries than most hospital analysts, and that’s because they are traveling, and they also get paid hourly, and many are offered bonuses, on top of the hourly salary. But those with a family life don’t like to be consultants as it requires weekly traveling, although as you get more experience, you can negotiate to work remotely.

But if you are a nurse just entering the nursing informatics profession and you are offered a salary that doesn’t hover near the $98,000 advertised by HIMSS, don’t be disappointed because that number is not really an accurate representation of what nursing informatics professionals are getting paid on average in the real world.

Like most nursing jobs, salary ranges for nursing informatics positions can vary a lot and you should pay attention when you do your research on the salary for the position and job title you apply for.

Chris (20 Posts)

Chris Smith works as a clinical analyst consultant with 9 years of experience working in the nursing informatics field. He started this blog to help others learn more about nursing informatics because he got tired of reading a lot of misinformation about this field on the web. You can connect with Chris on Google+


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