Director of Special Education Salary

Just below 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 $46K to $108K per year, and the average comes out to $73K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Female Directors of Special Education make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,775 - $108,443
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$47K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,252
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$46,339 - $108,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 328
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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Special Education — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $63K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $69K on average. For Directors of Special Education, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Director of Special Education generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $86K.

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Experience Affects Director of Special Education Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
0%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 12%
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