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Director of Special Education Salary (United States)

Directors of Special Education in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $47K to $107K per year, typical earnings come to $73K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Directors of Special Education are women (78 percent). Job satisfaction for Directors of Special Education is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,848 - $107,220
MEDIAN: $73,230
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National Salary Data

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$46,848 - $107,220  
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$46,644 - $107,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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.
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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $64K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $72K on average. Directors of Special Education bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $85K. Directors of Special Education with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years.

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For Directors of Special Education, Washington provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Special Education will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+22 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Philadelphia.

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 10%