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2014 HIM director and manager salary survey: Respondents feel undervalued

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 23, 2014

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It's no secret that the scope of HIM is expanding, so one would assume that compensation for HIM directors and managers is on the rise but this may not be the case.
HCPro's Medical Records Briefing (MRB) surveyed 236 HIM professionals—largely directors (55%) and managers (38%)—for its 2014 HIM director and manager salary survey and found little change in salary since last year's survey, which received 292 responses.
Half of this year's respondents (51%) work at acute care hospitals and 10% work in critical access hospitals. The majority of those working in a hospital setting are in hospitals with fewer than 199 beds (37%) whereas nearly one-quarter (23.7 %) work at hospitals with 200-499 beds and 18% work at 500+ bed hospitals. The remainder of respondents do not work in hospital settings. Like last year, the majority of this year's respondents were female (95%).
"So few men responded—we are such a female-dominated field," says Chris Simons, MS, RHIA, director of HIM and privacy officer at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in New Hampshire. "Yet, when compared to CIOs—mostly men—why are our salaries so much lower?" Simons is an MRB advisory board member.
Once again, the majority of respondents earn $70,000–$79,999 annually (18% of 2014 respondents and 14% of 2013 respondents). The percentage of all respondents earning less than $40,000 annually increased slightly from 7% in 2013 to 9% in 2014, while those earning more than $150,000 remained at 3%.
"The HIM job is becoming too complex with too many various priorities and requirements," said one respondent who is an HIM director. "[It's] difficult to see our future profession attracting young people into a profession with so much stress and pressure to do more with less."
Continue reading "Survey respondents feel undervalued" on the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have free access to this article in the July issue.


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