Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
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Overview
Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for instructional coordinators are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 17,000 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Instructional coordinators are less likely to be automated than 96% of other careers.
Workforce size
Instructional coordinators, with 163,200 workers, form a larger workforce than 76% of careers.
Education
About 47% of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) have a graduate-level education, and 80% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) have graduate degrees than 92% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for instructional coordinators is higher than 73% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most instructional coordinators.
This job's median $64KAll jobs' median $39K$66K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 73% of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) -- that's a larger percentage than 87% of other jobs.
Gender of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), the median men's salary was 7% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 21% of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) are minority, and 8% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (8%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Instructional Coordinators per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 69% of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), and 67% have company-sponsored health insurance (17% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 83% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of instructional coordinators who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (67%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (32%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), which combines the data for 4 careers, including instructional coordinators. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for instructional coordinators, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for instructional coordinators compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for instructional coordinators (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), and then we show how the median (middle) salary for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where instructional coordinators work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) (ACS)
Private for-profit (23.1%)
Private not-for-profit (20.4%)
Local government (25.6%)
State government (22.3%)
Federal government (3.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (2.4%)
Self-employed not incorporated (2.9%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
$53K$56K$55K$49K$53K$51K$56K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of instructional coordinators by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty instructional coordinators, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$64K$91K$70K$58K$61K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

$56K$62K$62K$62K$58K$54K$22K$39K$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KSalary distribution20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
05K10K15KNumber employed20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) and gender

With 73% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 87% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
Men (27%)
Women (73%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), with the median salary for men 7% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 80% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. The percentage of minority education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) falls in about the middle of all careers' percentages. There is a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
White (77% )
Black (13% )
Asian (4% )
Multiracial (3% )
Other (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
21%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
8%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$42K$42K$46K$49K$50K$54K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAmerican IndianOtherMultiracialBlackAsianWhite
Distribution: Salaries for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) by nativity
$47K$53K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by instructional coordinators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), instructional coordinators typically hold a master's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas).

Education attained by education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for instructional coordinators

Most employers, particularly public schools, require instructional coordinators to have a master’s degree in education or curriculum and instruction. Some instructional coordinators have a degree in a specialized field, such as math or history.

Master’s degree programs in curriculum and instruction teach about curriculum design, instructional theory, and collecting and analyzing data. To enter these programs, candidates usually need a bachelor’s degree in education.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for instructional coordinators

Instructional coordinators in public schools may be required to have a license, such as a teaching license or an education administrator license. For information about teaching licenses, see the profiles on kindergarten and elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, and high school teachers. For information about education administrator licenses, see the profile on elementary, middle, and high school principals. Check with your state’s Board of Education for specific license requirements.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)? Below we see the distribution of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$30K$35K$41K$45K$63K$69K$79K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KHigh School (5%)Some College (9%)Associate's Degree (6%)Bachelor's Degree (33%)Master's Degree (40%)Professional Deg/Doct (3%)Doctorate (5%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)

This table shows the college majors held by people working as education, training, and library workers (specialized areas). Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)

What jobs will most education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)Education administratorsElementary and middle school teachersManagers (specialized areas)Teacher assistantsSpecial Education TeachersCounselorsOffice and administrative support workersGeneral office clerksSecondary school teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Management analystsPostsecondary teachersSecretaries and administrative assistantsTraining and development specialistsMeeting, convention, and event plannersApplications and systems software developersPreschool and kindergarten teachersReceptionists and information clerksComputer systems analysts
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 13 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) as well as 1% of respondents after working as education, training, and library workers (specialized areas). Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas): full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Read about instructional coordinators
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Instructional coordinators typically do the following:

  • Develop and coordinate the implementation of curriculums
  • Plan, organize, and conduct teacher training conferences or workshops
  • Analyze student test data
  • Assess and discuss the implementation of curriculum standards with school staff
  • Review and recommend textbooks and other educational materials
  • Recommend teaching techniques and the use of different or new technologies
  • Develop procedures for teachers to implement a curriculum
  • Train teachers and other instructional staff in new content or programs
  • Mentor or coach teachers to improve their skills

Instructional coordinators, also known as curriculum specialists, evaluate the effectiveness of curriculums and teaching techniques established by school boards, states, or federal regulations. They may observe teachers in the classroom, review student test data, and interview school staff about curriculums. Based on their research, they may recommend changes in curriculums to the school board. They may also recommend that teachers use different teaching techniques.

Instructional coordinators may conduct training for teachers related to teaching methods or the use of technology. For example, when a school district introduces new learning standards, instructional coordinators explain the new standards to teachers and demonstrate effective teaching methods to achieve them.

Instructional coordinators may specialize in particular grade levels or specific subjects. Those in elementary and secondary schools may also focus on programs in special education or English as a second language.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of instructional coordinators? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Instructional coordinators examine student test data and evaluate teaching strategies. Based on their analysis, they develop recommendations for improvements in curriculums and teaching.
Communication skills
Instructional coordinators need to clearly explain changes in the curriculum and teaching standards to teachers, principals, and school staff.
Decisionmaking skills
Instructional coordinators must be able to make sound decisions when recommending changes to curriculums, teaching methods, and textbooks.
Interpersonal skills
Instructional coordinators need to be able to establish and maintain positive working relationships with teachers, principals, and other administrators.
Leadership skills
Instructional coordinators serve as mentors to teachers. They train teachers in developing useful and effective teaching techniques.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for instructional coordinators
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for instructional coordinators was higher than 73% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $64KAll jobs' median $39K$64K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for instructional coordinators are anticipated to grow by 11% over the next decade; only 23% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for instructional coordinators is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most instructional coordinators? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as instructional coordinators. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Instructional Coordinators per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where instructional coordinators earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for education, training, and library workers (specialized areas).

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all education, training, and library workers (specialized areas), which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Instructional Coordinators to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which instructional coordinators earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas) (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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