Hospice Clinical Care Coordinator Salary

by Rick Suttle

Hospitals and nursing care agencies rely on hospice clinical care coordinators, who are registered nurses, to plan and coordinate physician and nursing assistance for terminally ill patients. Hospice clinical care coordinators evaluate hospice centers for patients, determine which ones they can afford and provide nursing assistance when necessary. If you want to become a hospice clinical care coordinator, you can expect to earn an average salary of more than $50,000 annually.

Salary Above $50,000

The average annual salary for a hospice clinical care coordinator was $54,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed. To become a clinical care coordinator, you need the minimum of a bachelor's of science degree in nursing. You'll also need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN, through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to earn a nursing license in your state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Employers may prefer hiring hospice clinical care coordinators who have two or more years of experience in hospice or clinical care. Other essential qualifications are an attention to detail and organizational, communication, critical-thinking and decision-making skills.

Top Pay in D.C.

In 2013, average annual salaries for hospice clinical care coordinators varied most significantly in the South region, according to Simply Hired, where they earned the highest salaries of $85,000 in Washington, D.C., and the lowest of $42,000 in Mississippi. If you were a hospice clinical care coordinator in Maine or Massachusetts, you'd earn an average of $49,000 or $65,000, respectively -- the lowest and highest salaries in the Northeast. In the Midwest, you'd make the least in South Dakota or the most in Illinois or Minnesota at $42,000 or $57,000 per year, respectively. Employers in the West region paid their hospice clinical care coordinators $43,000 to $61,000, respectively, with the lowest salaries in Montana and the highest in Alaska and California.

Lower Earnings Than Other Registered Nurses

While Indeed reported annual salaries of $54,000 for hospice clinical care coordinators in 2013, all registered nurses earned average salaries of $67,730 as of May 2012, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent made more than $94,720 annually. Registered nurses earned $73,610 in specialty hospitals, such as heart and cancer hospitals, according to 2012 BLS data. They made $71,200 and $69,490 in outpatient centers and general medical and surgical hospitals, respectively. Those who worked in the home health-care services industry earned $65,530.

Excellent Job Growth

The BLS forecasts a 26 percent increase in employment for all registered nurses, including hospice clinical care coordinators, from 2010 to 2020, which is greater than the 14 percent national rate for all occupations. Population increases among aging baby boomers, who are most likely to require more medical services, including hospice care, should increase job opportunities for all registered nurses.

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