Survey: CMIO Job Satisfaction Declining, Salaries on the Rise

June 26, 2014 in News

Compared with 2013, chief medical information officers are slightly less satisfied with their jobs despite an average increase in compensation, according to the 10th annual AMDIS-Gartner survey, Health IT Analytics reports (Bresnick, Health IT Analytics, 6/24).

The survey included 120 respondents and the findings were presented last week at the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems Physician-Computer Connection Symposium.

Survey Findings

During the symposium, Gartner’s Research Vice President of Health Care Vi Shaffer said that among the respondents:

  • 66% said they wanted to remain in their positions;
  • 50% said they felt somewhat successful; and
  • 33% wanted their responsibilities expanded.

However, Shaffer said that just 43% said they were “somewhat satisfied” with their roles, compared with more than 50% of respondents in previous surveys who said they were “very satisfied.”

The survey also found that CMIO salaries ranged from $206,000 to $550,000 in 2014, with most CMIOs making between $250,000 and $400,000. The average salary for CMIOs increased from $318,000 in 2013 to $326,000 this year, according to the survey (Bassett, CMIO, 6/23).

According to Health IT Analytics, the decrease in satisfaction despite better compensation could be attributed to the expectation that CMIOs now are accountable for successful financial results (Health IT Analytics, 6/24).

The survey also found that the reporting structure for CMIOs and their relationships with CIOs are changing. Only 4% of respondents said they should report to CIOs, but CMIOs rated that relationship as the second most important factor to their success. Meanwhile, 34% of respondents said a CMO reporting structure is optimal, and 34% believe there should be a dual structure involving both CMOs and CIOs (CMIO, 6/23).

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