Director of Special Education Salary

Directors of Special Education in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $73K annually on average but can range from $46K to $107K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Special Education making up 78 percent. Most Directors of Special Education report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,839 - $107,201

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$46,398 - $107,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 330
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $63K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $69K. On average, Directors of Special Education make $74K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Director of Special Education with more than 20 years of experience can earn $86K on average.

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Experience Affects Director of Special Education Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 12%
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