Nursing Informatics Salary – A Look At Informatics Salaries Across The Country

In my previous post, I talked about the reality of nursing informatics salaries based on the survey released by the HIMSS blog.

My basic argument is that those average salaries they display are way too high based on my own personal experience.

For a more realistic ‘survey,’ I gathered my own data from cities I selected from, and created the chart below, but if you want to see salaries by state, click on the corresponding state:



A chart of average nursing informatics salaries
To obtain the chart above, I used the following data from

Nursing Informatics Salaries Across Different US Cities

I did a search for nursing informatics, and the closest role that turned up was Clinical Informatics Coordinator, which the site defines as:

Responsible for the implementation and utilization of information systems required for patient care initiatives. Evaluates applications or vendors to best meet the needs of the organization. Provides technical training and support to end users. Requires certification as a registered nurse (RN).

That is a very close and concise description of most nursing informatics roles; I then plugged a city and got the results in the data shown above. Based on my past experience working and interviewing for jobs across different cities in the USA, I must say that this data is surprisingly accurate. I also talked to colleagues who work in some of these cities and they concurred. You can also go to and pull the same data for your own specific area.

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

Since one of the queries I get is, what state pays the most, I also pulled the data solely on the data I collected and here are those results:

High Paying Cities For Nursing Informatics

Out of curiosity, I also sorted the data by lowest paying city:

Low Paying Cities For Nursing Informatics

You should note that the average salaries are in the range of 70k as I already wrote in a previous post. And some of these cities go even below this average, which only busts the myth that nursing informatics salaries start in the 90k range, as many entry level candidates seem to erroneously believe.

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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+

8 Responses to Nursing Informatics Salary – A Look At Informatics Salaries Across The Country

  • Ada says:

    Does the salary ranges include those who have a MS in Nursing Informatics along with a certification? Thank you.

    • admin says:

      The survey for these specific ranges didn’t specify if there was a difference between bachelors and a certification. Thanks for reading the blog.

      • Do you think having an MS makes that much of a different in informatics salary? I would honestly think that clinical experience and your your IT experience would make more of a difference.

        • admin says:

          I personally have not seen that much of difference, unless the job requires an MS degree and those jobs tend to be in the managerial level. If you don’t have an MS degree for those type of jobs, then most times you can’t even apply for the job. But I know that for many jobs out there they are specifically looking for experienced candidates and is an added bonus when they can find a nurse that has this experience.

          I have plenty of friends that are non clinical, but have tons of experience implementing projects in many hospitals, and since they are pretty good at implementing their applications, they are getting paid just as much as a nurse in that similar position would. So even having a nursing degree doesn’t make much of a difference sometimes. Obviously, many jobs in hospitals require a nursing degree, but at the same time, plenty of jobs that are just looking for experienced candidates that have implemented an application.

          Also, if you look at vendors, many of them hire a majority of non nursing graduates and these people are out there earning just as much, if not more (because of skill and experience) than many nurses in the informatics field. So I think that your specific experience and background make a difference, unless the job requires you to have that MS degree.

  • Julie says:

    A lot of the cities with the highest pay are also known for having a high cost of living. Is there a website that shows salaries after accounting for the differences in the cost of living?

    • admin says:

      Tough question. I have not come across such a site, but I love to use I love to use their forums because that’s the most reliable way to get information on the cost of living on specific towns. When I use online calculators, they never take into account details, and thus, I find them to be unreliable.

  • ALLEN says:

    I am a RN at bedside, and I am enjoying with patient’s care. Recently, I have been thinking how long I can work as a staff nurse at bedside, becasue I am getting older year after year. Will the field of Nursing Informatics be a nice practice in the future? I am thinking of getting a degree of MSN in Nursing Informatics.

    Take the high 90% salary in LA is 100,209.00 /52 wks a year/40 hrs a week =48.177 hourly pay, which is just a little bit higer than my hourly pay, but I just work for 3 nights a week (36 hours a week), and occassionally I was called for overtime, then I have time for family and friends.

    Please give me some feedback opinions. Thanks!

  • Jim says:

    There is one important concept for anyone considering a career in informatics to understand:

    there are ALWAYS more demands placed on your department than you can ever fill. That is to say, if a nursing informatics department has 5 FTE’s (a medium to large hospital), then they have requests from the end users (bedside nurses) that would require 10 – 15 FTE’s to fulfill. (Those are not exact numbers, but you get the idea,)

    Nursing informatics is typically a professional/administrative role. Therefore, it is not subject to hourly pay. If you are lucky, you will have a 44 hour week, but most nurse informaticists I have spoken to work at least 60, and NEVER feel that they are meeting the demands of the job.

    When thinking of informatics, think of the Greek myth where Sisyphus had to roll a boulder to the top of a hill each day, and at the end of the day, the boulder rolled back down to the valley.

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