Resident care coordinators typically work in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. They plan, supervise and evaluate all aspects of treatment and activities for their patients. You must complete a bachelor's degree in nursing, which typically takes about four years, earn your license as a registered nurse, and have several years of nursing under your belt to qualify for this position, which combines direct care of clients and supervision of other nurses.
Annual averages as of 2013 for entry-level resident care coordinators, according to the salary survey website Salary Expert, range widely across the United States. In Pierre, S.D., entry-level coordinators earned $41,478; $51,054, in Miami, Fla.; $52,529 in Walla Walla, Wash.; and $57,444 in Houston. In the Northeast and Midwest, these specialists reported salaries of $48,653 in Augusta, Maine; $60,483 in Philadelphia; $61,826 in Chicago; $62,385 in Baltimore, $71,552 in Washington, D.C.; and $73,677 in New York City.
The national average for resident care coordinators, according to Salary Expert, was $75,296 in 2013. Average salaries were $54,445 in Pierre, S.D.; $61,539 in Miami; $75,403 in Houston; $63,864 in Augusta, Maine; and $79,393 in Philadelphia. Additional average salaries in 2013 included $81,156 in Chicago; $68,952 in Walla Walla, Wash.; $81,889 in Baltimore; $93,921 in Washington, D.C.; and $96,710 in New York City. Resident care coordinators in the lowest-paying city in this sample, Pierre, S.D., averaged salaries $42,265 less than those in the highest-paying, New York.
With additional experience as a resident care coordinator, you may be among the highest-earners in your field. Averages above the 90th percentile, according to Salary Expert, were $73,894 in Pierre, S.D.; $75,670 in Miami; $102,340 in Houston; $86,677 in Augusta, Maine; $107,755 in Philadelphia; $110,147 in Chicago; $93,583 in Walla Walla, Wash.; $111,142 in Baltimore; $127,472 in Washington, D.C.; and $131,257 in New York City. The average salary in this group was $43,886 more than the average paid to those cities at the 10th percentile.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects demand for registered nurses, including resident care coordinators, to grow by 26 percent through 2020, faster than the average of 14 percent for all occupations. Contributory factors cited by the BLS included technological advancements, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and an aging baby boomer population. Resident care coordinators will be in high demand, according to the BLS, due to financial pressure on hospitals to discharge patients to long-term care facilities.
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