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Health Information Technician Salary

What is the average salary of a health information technician?

Pay can vary for any job, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the mean annual wage for health care information technicians was $38,860 as of May 2014. However, median wages in the field did vary. Those in the lowest 10 percent earned a median wage of $23,340 while those in the upper 10 percent earned a median wage of $59,160 as of May 2014 BLS information. A variety of factors can tie into pay including location, experience and even certification.

Is there room for advancement?

Health information technicians who are certified either with a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) may be those best able to find job opportunities as well as have potential for advancement, reports the BLS. Also those who are knowledgeable about electronic healthcare records (EHRs), including who can access them and how to use them, may find their skills in high demand.

Employment opportunities also exist in a wider array of settings than ever before, and larger research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and government agencies may seek individuals with the necessary qualifications for health information management. The BLS also reports that health information technicians can advance to other fields if they invest in more education and certification. This includes the career of a medical or health services manager, which typically requires a bachelor's or master's degree, according to the BLS.

Are health information technicians in high demand?

Job opportunities for health information technologists and technicians are expected to grow by 24 percent from 2012 to 2022. This growth is considered much faster than average and could result in 41,100 new positions opening up during this time. A number of factors are expected to drive demand. This includes the growing use of electronic health records (EHRs), which health information technicians need to be able to create and articulate. Also, an aging baby boomer population in more need of health care services will result in more records being produced within hospitals, doctors' offices, health insurance companies and other providers of health care services. As a matter of fact, dating back to 2011, the federal government began offering Medicare and Medicaid incentives to organizations switching over to the use of EHRs from paper records to better track patient information.

Sources:

  1. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292071.htm
  2. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm
  3. Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Basics, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, no date. http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Basics.html

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