Coordinator Vs Supervisor

Coordinators and supervisors are vital to the succes of a business in various industries. This article discusses some of the differing responsibilities of these positions as well as information on some specific job titles.

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Comparing Coordinators to Supervisors

Coordinators pull together the various parts of a project, or maintain the schedule of various events for a company, while supervisors oversee the work done by individuals and activities in a project. Below we have a comparison of these two posiitions along with salary and job growth figures about specific careers for further clarification.

Job Title Education Requirements Median Salary (2016) Job Growth (2014-2024)
Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Bachelor's degree $78,210 (for education administrators) 4%
Distance Learning Coordinator Master's degree $78,210 (for education administrators) 4%
Retail Sales Workers Supervisor High School Diploma $39,040 4%
Construction Trade and Extraction Workers Supervisor High School Diploma $62,980 13%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Responsibilities of Coordinators vs. Supervisors

Coordinators and supervisors can both be found working for a company or organization overseeing employees and projects, and could be considered management type positions because of these duties. Coordinators tend to focus on event coordination, planning between projects and managing facilities and equipment. More often than not, supervisors oversee employees' activities on construction sites, inside factories, or on an office floor.


Coordinators will take charge of events and programs within a company's project. Coordinators such as those in fitness and wellness must make sure all the equipment is up to date and safe, while a distance learning coordinator makes sure academic programs are offered and instructors are qualified to run the online education technology. Coordinators will, at times, need to collaborate with outside contributors like independent contractors. Coordinators keep things working smoothly between workers and various projects simultaneously which requires high-attention to details and excellent organizational skills.

Job responsibilities of a coordinator include:

  • Communicating with all participating parties about changes, new information, or services
  • Ensuring facilities and equipment are up to date
  • Developing local goals, plans, and outcomes
  • Conducting surveys and assessments
  • Training staff on new applications or technology


Supervisors will be found at multiple levels of different companies and institutions managing personnel performing a variety of tasks. For instance, supervisors of the construction trades will be found on work sites overseeing carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trades persons. Supervisors of retail sales workers oversee employees on the sales floor in a retail environment while assisting customers and taking inventory of items in stock. Supervisors manage and coordinate the activities of employees to meet schedule deadlines while maintaining the safety of the work staff.

Job responsibilities of a supervisor include:

  • Enforcing safety and hazard regulations
  • Coordinating schedules between different staff members and various projects
  • Collaborating with other supervisors and directors
  • Inspecting employee work on a regular basis
  • Performing customer service and meeting sales goals

Related Careers

Aspiring coordinators fascinated with the idea of planning events may be interested in becoming a meeting, convention, and event planner; while hopeful supervisors may also look into becoming human resource managers.

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