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Coordinator salary survey results

Residency Program Insider, March 27, 2007

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Most coordinators know that coordinator position titles range from secretary to manager to administrative assistant, and that credentials and qualifications for this position are as varied as the colors of the rainbow.

Now, residency program connection has taken the first steps towards compiling and analyzing national coordinators' salary, titles, credentials, and length of time in a given position. We've conducted a national survey of 261 coordinators and compiled the results below.

Salary range

The largest percentage of coordinators (102 out of 255 respondents surveyed, or 40%) reported that they earned between $30,0001 and $40,000 annually. Following close behind, 28% of respondents fell into the $40,001-$50,000 range. The number of coordinators earning less than $30,000 per year (12%) was very similar to the number of coordinators earning between $50,001 and $60,000 annually (13%). Twelve respondents listed $60,001 to $70,000 annually as their salary range, while 3% reported that they earned over $70,000 annually.

Job title

Survey respondents claimed the following titles:

  • Residency program coordinator (46%)
  • Fellowship program coordinator (10%)
  • Administrative assistant (6%)
  • Manager of training program/GME (2%)
  • Assistant to GME/director (2%)
  • Administrative associate (2%)

    Salaries by region

    If you live in the West or the Northeast, you're probably making more money than your colleagues in other parts of the country. Of the 47 West region respondents, ten (58.7%) earn $50,001-$70,000 annually, while only two (6.7%) earn less than $30,000 annually. In contrast, coordinators in the Southeast and South Central regions earn the lowest salaries. Of the 41 Southeastern respondents, six (28%) earn $50,001-$70,000 annually, while nine (30%) earn less than $30,000 per year. (See page xx for charts detailing salary ranges by region.)

    Level of education and credentials

    The level of education obtained by coordinators varied as well. Out of 253 respondents, 97 (38%) had a high school diploma as their highest level of education. Twenty-six percent of respondents hold an associate's degree, while 28% of respondents hold a Bachelor's degree as their highest level of education. Eighteen respondents (7%) hold a master's degree.

    Seventeen percent of respondents were certified Training Administrators of Graduate medical Education (TAGME).

    Salaries by education level

    According to the survey, the level of education obtained by coordinators only slightly corresponded to a higher salary.

    Of the 30 respondents to the survey who make less than $30,000 per year:

  • 16 (53%) have a high school diploma
  • 3 (10%) have an associate's degree
  • 9 (30%) have a bachelor's degree
  • 2 (6.7%) have a master's degree

    Of the 72 respondents to the survey who make $40,001-$50,000:

  • 29 (40.3%) have a high school diploma
  • 19 (26.4%) have an associate's degree
  • 20 (27.8%) have a bachelor's degree
  • 4 (5.6%) have a master's degree

    Of the 11 respondents who are TAGME-certified, only one made less than $30,000 per year, while four (36.4%) made $30,001-$40,000 and six (54.5%) made between $50,001 and $60,000 annually.

    Salaries by time spent at job

    Like level of education, time spent at the coordinator position made only a slight difference in pay.

  • Out of the 30 respondents earning less than $30,000, the largest percentage had been at their job for five to 10 years (30%) and less than a year (23.3%).
  • Out of the 74 respondents earning $40,001-$50,000 per year, the largest percentage had been at their job for two to five years (24.3%) and five to 10 years (25.7%).
  • Out of those earning over $70,000 per year (8 respondents), none had been at their job under two years, while three respondents had been at their job two to five years, two respondents (25%) for five to 10 years, and two respondents for more than 20 years.

    Salaries by resident numbers

    Salary tended to increase as the number of residents overseen and facility size increased, according to the survey. For those respondents that made less than $30,000 per year, none reported that they oversee more than 50 residents, while for those that oversee 100 or more residents, one respondent made $30,001-$40,000, two respondents made between $40,001 and $50,000, two respondents made between $50,001 and $60,000 and one respondent made $60,001 to $70,000.

    For those that make $60,001-$70,000 annually:

  • 7.7% work in facilities with fewer than 150 beds
  • 23.1% work in facilities with 150-300 beds
  • 38.5% work in facilities with 301-600 beds
  • 30.8% work in facilities with more than 600 beds

    For those that make less than $30,000 annually:

  • 16.7% work in facilities with fewer than 150 beds
  • 33.3% work in facilities with 150-300 beds
  • 23.3% work in facilities with 301-600 beds
  • 26.7% work in facilities with more than 600 beds

    We hope the information above has helped you understand how your position compares to those in the rest of the country. Yet, we also realize that this survey only scratches the surface of information that may help coordinators bring more awareness to their position. Look for more detailed reports on the coordinator position in upcoming issues of HCPro's monthly newsletter, Residency Program Alert, and Residency Program Connection.



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