Director of Special Education Salary

The majority of Directors of Special Education in the United States — roughly three in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $46K to $109K per year, and the median is $74K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Directors of Special Education report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,773 - $109,498
(Median)
$47K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,076
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$46,773 - $109,498  
   
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$0.00 - $4,848  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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$46,072 - $109,198  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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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

  • 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.
  • Supervise the hiring and evaluation of district special education staff.
  • Assist principles in implementing special education programs in compliance with government regulations.
  • Oversee and administer the district budget for special education.

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Pay by Experience Level for Director of Special Education

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Directors of Special Education with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $64K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $69K. Directors of Special Education see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Directors of Special Education reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $87K.

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Experience Affects Director of Special Education Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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