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News: Poll, survey indicates CDI salary range

CDI Strategies, February 2, 2012

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Of 165 respondents who took part in a recent website poll, 50 (30%) indicated they earn more than $100,000 as CDI program managers/directors, followed by 34 (21%) who earn in the $70,000 range, according to a recent ACDIS Weekly Poll. In order to gain additional information ACDIS recently released its annual CDI Professionals ‘Salary Survey.

The survey is an important tool to assess national trends in the growth and compensation for the efforts of CDI specialists, program managers, and others working in the field. (To participate, visit
When the survey was first conducted in 2008, 132 individuals completed it. In 2009, responses doubled to roughly 300. In December of 2010, nearly 900 people responded.
To date, nearly 700 CDI professionals have already responded. Of these, the majority (27%) indicate they earn $60,000-$69,000; a salary range consistent with that of previous years’ responses. And while 61% of survey takers reported feeling fairly compensated for their efforts in 2009, that number fell to 53% in 2010, and dropped again to 51% of respondents thus far.
The 2012 salary survey will close on Friday, February 3 at 5 p.m. Results will be shared in a special report on the ACDIS website later this month.

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