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Director of Special Education Salary

A little over a half of Directors of Special Education in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $46K to $107K per year, and the average comes out to $74K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Special Education. Female Directors of Special Education make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$46,484 - $107,080
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74K
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MEDIAN: $73,696
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$46,354 - $106,999  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 314
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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 many Directors of Special Education, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $64K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $72K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $75K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $86K.

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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 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%