Director of Special Education Salary (United States)

Director of Special Educations in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent 55 percent of Director of Special Educations. Salaries average out to around $73,132 annually and spread from $46,644 to $107,123 per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Female Director of Special Educations make up most of the field at 78 percent. Work is enjoyable for Director of Special Educations, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Director of Special Education Salary (?
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$46,848 - $107,220
MEDIAN: $73,230
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National Salary Data

XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$46,848 - $107,220  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$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

  • 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.
For many Director of Special Educations, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Starting at around $64K, salaries see a boost to $77K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Director of Special Educations after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $85K. Director of Special Educations with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Director of Special Educations, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Director of Special Educations 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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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

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