Project Coordinator Salary: 5 Important Things to Know First

What is a project coordinator, and what’s a typical project coordinator salary? Answering both those questions will help you decide whether you want to pursue this role, which is key to many technology projects.

In simplest terms, project coordinators work within a team to ensure that discrete parts of a project are completed on schedule and within the set budget. They usually report into a project manager or team lead, and they work alongside other team members such as developers. In many companies, they handle the administrative processes necessary to ensure the team can actually do its work. 

In other words, it’s an important role that combines soft skills (such as empathy and communication) with technical and business abilities. Actual salary, however, often hinges on key factors such as experience and education. Let’s jump in.

What is a project coordinator’s starting salary?

According to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country, years of experience have a significant impact on a project coordinator job starting salary. However, those who are just starting out can find that their pay is actually quite low, especially by technologist standards. Take a look at the chart:

Just for comparison’s sake, it’s worth noting that the latest Dice Salary Report puts average annual pay for technologists at $94,000. Meanwhile, the average project manager salary is $80,280, according to Burning Glass. 

What is a project coordinator’s average salary?  

Burning Glass estimates the median project coordinator salary at $47,967. Those in the 10th percentile (i.e., the lowest) can expect to earn around $36,124, while those in the 90th percentile (i.e., the highest) can pull down around $71,697. 

Do people in this role get paid well?  

As we pointed out above, project managers (to whom project coordinators often report) make far more on average, as do “typical” technologists. That being said, project coordinators with quite a bit of experience and education can make a solid salary comparable with U.S. median household income (which stood at $61,937 per year in 2018). Here’s how Burning Glass breaks down salary by education:

And as we saw from the experience chart above, having 9+ years of experience can translate into salaries of as much as $86,000 per year, depending on the company and other factors. 

Are project coordinators in demand?  

Burning Glass projects that the market for project coordinators will grow 8 percent over the next decade. Currently, the average time to fill open positions is 33 days, which indicates a solid level of demand. That’s just slightly less than the time to fill a systems analyst position (37 days) or a software developer/engineer position (39 days).

What are the most valuable skills for this role?

If there’s one term that neatly summarizes a project coordinator’s desired skillset, it’s “detail oriented.” From budgeting to scheduling, project coordinators must ensure that lots of project elements are moving in sync. With that in mind, here are some of the skills that pop up most frequently in these job postings and will look the best on your project coordinator resume:

As we mentioned before, soft skills are also key, since project coordinators will spend much of their time coordinating with various stakeholders, from executives and project managers to developers and engineers. 

Some 62.2 percent of these positions ask for a bachelor’s degree, while 10.7 percent want a candidate with at least an associate’s degree, and 24.4 percent only demand that you’ve graduated high school. With regard to project coordinator certifications, employers only occasionally ask for project-management certifications such as PMP.