Director of Special Education Salary (United States)

Director of Special Educations in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $46,644 to $107,123 per year, typical earnings come to $73,132 per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Director of Special Educations making up 78 percent of workers. Most Director of Special Educations like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to 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

  • 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 Director of Special Educations, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $64K can reach $77K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. As Director of Special Educations reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $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 the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Director of Special Educations that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Director of Special Educations will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+22 percent). The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 13 percent below the national average.

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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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