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A Minimum Data Set Coordinator is a registered nurse who is responsible for ensuring the compliance, accuracy and reliability of patient charts. MDS coordinators are employed in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, long-term care facilities or outpatient treatment facilities. The job of an MDS coordinator falls in the broader career category of registered nurse, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries vary by employer and experience, among a variety of other factors.
According to the BLS, the outpatient care centers industry held 89,090 jobs for registered nurses in May or 2010. MDS coordinators and other registered nurses in this industry earned an hourly mean wage of $32.47 and an annual mean wage of $67,550 that year. Those employed in the nursing care facilities industry earned an hourly mean wage of $28.84 and a mean wage of $59,990. The general medical and surgical hospitals industry has the highest levels of employment for registered nurses and MDS coordinators, with an estimated 1,521,400 jobs in 2010. MDS coordinators in this industry earn an hourly mean wage of $32.99 and an annual mean wage of $68,610.
The median hourly wage for MDS coordinators and registered nurses was reported to be $31.10 in 2010, according to BLS reports. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $21.24 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned $25.47 an hour or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned an hourly mean wage of $37.99 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $45.74 or more.
The median annual salary for this occupation was $64,690 in 2010, according to BLS reports. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $44,190 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an annual wage of $52,980 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned $79,020 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned $95,130 or more.
The BLS reported the earnings for this occupation vary by geographical location of employment. In the state of California these professionals earned an hourly mean wage of $42.02 and an annual mean salary of $87,480. Hawaii was also reported to be one of the top paying states for this occupation, with an hourly mean wage of $39.48 and an annual mean salary of $82,130. California had the highest levels of employment, with an estimated 240,030 jobs in 2010.
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