The Average Salary of a Program Coordinator

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Program coordinators work in a variety of settings, including colleges, amusement parks, hospitals and other institutions. Their primary responsibility is developing various programs related to their industries, then implementing, promoting and evaluating those programs. Programs can vary from educational or training programs to those designed for school orientation or special events. Program coordinators in medical facilities may develop programs to help overcome substance abuse. They sometimes receive bonuses in addition to their salaries.

Average Annual Salary

  • Program coordinators earn annual salaries between $36,187 and $52,455, according to 2011 data from PayScale.com. Those who earn bonuses and profit sharing can make between $37,663 and $59,007 per year. Comparably, Salarylist.com lists salaries for 583 program coordinators, the average of which is $38,949 per year. And Glassdoor.com lists salaries for 607 program coordinators, most of whom earn between $30,000 and $50,000 per year. The PayScale.com data represent the 25th and 75th percentiles on the low and high ends, which are not exact ranges. Also, PayScale.com always reports average or mean salaries.

Years of Experience

  • Program coordinators can expect somewhat significant salary increases as they gain experience. For example, those with less than one year of experience earn annual salaries between $31,199 and $40,248, per PayScale.com. With one to four years of experience, they can expect to earn salaries of $34,807 to $47,828 per year. Those with five to nine years of experience earn annual salaries of $39,128 to $54,297. Additionally, program coordinators with 10 to 19 years of experience earn salaries between $41,715 and $60,421 per year. And those with at least 20 years of experience earn annual salaries of $46,347 to $74,930.

Salary by Industry

  • Program coordinators' salaries can also vary considerably by industry. For example, those in public health research earn some of the highest annual salaries at $39,220 to $57,985, per PayScale.com. Those working in the health care industry also earn relatively high salaries at $40,462 to $57,852 per year. Program coordinators working in information technology or IT services can expect to earn annual salaries between $37,834 and $53,962. Additionally, those in the construction industry earn salaries of $36,482 to $52,285 per year; and those in the legal services industry earn $35,505 to $49,353. They usually earn annual salaries of $34,292 to $48,136 working in colleges or universities.

Salary by State

  • Program coordinators earn some of their highest salaries in California at $40,105 to $57,175 per year, according to PayScale.com. Those in Virginia and Pennsylvania also earn relatively high annual salaries at $38,034 to $54,682 and $37,874 to $54,618, respectively. Additionally, they earn annual salaries of $36,121 to $52,377 in Texas; $36,792 to $51,454 in New York; $35,529 to $49,467 in Florida; and $35,727 to $48,475 in Illinois.

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