Director of Special Education Salary

Directors of Special Education who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up around three in five of Directors of Special Education. Pay fluctuates from $48K to $109K per year, but expected earnings average $74K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Directors of Special Education who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 80 percent. For the most part, Directors of Special Education enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,801 - $108,838
$48K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,412
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$47,554 - $108,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 227

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Job Description for Director of Special Education

Directors of special education are responsible for ensuring the academic and social success of students in special education programs. Those in this position must ensure that their services are meeting all needs of enrolled students and provide necessary support through staff, counseling, training, and additional education to see these successes.

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Director of Special Education Tasks

  • Assist principles in implementing special education programs in compliance with government regulations.
  • Oversee and administer the district budget for special education.
  • Supervise the hiring and evaluation of district special education staff.
  • Develop and enforce district policies regarding special education programs.
  • Manage the special education programs run by a school district, determine curriculum and services, and evaluate program success.

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Pay by Experience Level for Director of Special Education

Pay by Experience for a Director of Special Education has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Special Education with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 70 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Special Education with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 67 salaries. An experienced Director of Special Education which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 90 salaries. A Director of Special Education with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $84,000 based on 62 salaries.

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Key Stats for Director of Special Education

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Director of Special Education Salaries

Late-Career
▲12%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 12%