Efforts to increase healthy lifestyles and reduce health-care expenditures has spawned the use of health education programs across the United States. While health educators lecture or produce newsletters on fitness and proper dieting, wellness coordinators coordinate these programs at corporations, government agencies and colleges, often hiring lecturers to speak at events. If you are interested in becoming a wellness coordinator, you can expect to earn average salary of more than $50,000 annually with a master's degree.
Salaries More Than $50,000
The average annual salary of a wellness coordinator with a master's degree was $52,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Simply Hired. To become a wellness coordinator, you need the minimum of a bachelor's degree in health education, health promotions or public health. Employers also may prefer that you have one or more years of experience in coordinating wellness education programs. Other important qualifications for the job include analytical, organizational, communication, problem-solving and computer skills.
Top Pay in D.C.
In 2013, average salaries for wellness coordinators with master's degrees varied most significantly in the South region, according to Simply Hired, where they earned the highest salaries of $82,000 in Washington, D.C., and the lowest of $41,000 in Mississippi. If you worked as a wellness coordinator with a master's degree in the Midwest, you'd earn an average of $41,000 to $56,000 in South Dakota or Minnesota, respectively. In Maine or New York, you'd make $47,000 or $63,000, respectively -- the lowest and highest salaries in the Northeast. Wellness coordinators with master's degrees in the West region earned $42,000 to $59,000, with the lowest salaries in Montana and the highest in Alaska and California.
Earn $8,000 More Than National Average
While wellness coordinators with master's degrees earned $52,000 in 2013, Simply Hired reported average annual salaries of $44,000 for all wellness coordinators the same year. In comparison, health educators, who write or speak at wellness functions, earned average salaries of $53,100 as of May 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health educators' salaries were highest with the federal government -- $95,590 annually. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an example of a federal government employer.
Excellent Job Growth
The BLS doesn't forecast jobs for wellness coordinators. It predicts a 37 percent increase in employment for health educators from 2010 to 2020, which is nearly three times the national rate of 14 percent. With increases in health-care costs, corporations and insurance companies need ways to curb these expenses. They often turn to health education programs to educate workers and the public on healthy diets, fitness and the dangers of smoking. This push for more health educational programs also may increase jobs for wellness coordinators.