Three-fifths 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 $47K to $108K per year, and the average comes out to $73K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Directors of Special Education enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Directors of Special Education make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,360 - $107,973
$47K
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MEDIAN: $73,370
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$47,048 - $107,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 230

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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

  • Assist principles in implementing special education programs in compliance with government regulations.
  • Oversee and administer the district budget for special education.
  • Supervise the hiring and evaluation of district special education staff.
  • 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.

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $64K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $66K. On average, Directors of Special Education make $76K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $82K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Key Stats for Director of Special Education

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%
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Experience Affects Director of Special Education Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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