Directors of Special Education in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly three in five of Directors of Special Education. Salaries average out to around $74K annually and spread from $47K to $107K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$47,232 - $107,305
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$47K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,550
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$46,683 - $107,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $64K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $65K. Directors of Special Education who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $76K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $82K.

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Experience Affects Director of Special Education Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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