Director of Special Education Salary

Directors of Special Education in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three in five of Directors of Special Education. Salaries average out to around $74K per year and spread from $46K to $109K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,773 - $109,498
(Median)
$47K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,076
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$46,773 - $109,498  
   
Bonus
$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.


For Directors of Special Education, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $64K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $69K. For Directors of Special Education, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $75K. 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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