Residency coordinator salaries based on experience

Residency Program Insider, March 25, 2020

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Editor’s note: The following is an edited excerpt from Residency Program Alert’s (RPA) coverage of the 2019 Residency Coordinator Salary Survey, which can be accessed in the RPA archive here. Not an RPA member? Click here for more information about becoming an RPA subscriber. 

Conventional thinking has been that coordinators are the one constant in residency programs. Turnover rates among department chairs and program directors have been traditionally high, so it’s been up to the coordinators to maintain consistency over the years.

Our survey responses show that this is true to a point. As expected, many respondents have worked in GME for decades. However, many of the respondents are relatively new to the field—37% have five or fewer years’ experience working in GME (Figure 1).

Furthermore, survey responses show a larger crop of coordinators in new roles. Fourteen percent of respondents reported being in their position for less than a year (Figure 2), an increase of 5% from our previous survey in 2017. On the other end, the percentage of coordinators who have been in their positions for 25 or more years has decreased by 2%.

Unsurprisingly, our survey data suggest that those with more experience earn higher salaries. For example, 73% of respondents with 1–5 years of experience in the industry reported making less than $55,000. Only 36% of respondents with more than 20 years of experience reported earning less than $55,000 (Figure 3).

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