Director of Special Education Salary

The majority of Directors of Special Education in the United States — nearly three in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $46K to $108K per year, and the median is $74K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Directors of Special Education claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Special Education making up 79 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,742 - $107,718
MEDIAN: $73,658

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$46,042 - $107,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 357
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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.


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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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $64K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $69K on average. Directors of Special Education bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $87K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.


79 %
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%