Disability Specialist Salary
Disability Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $43K annually. The vast majority of Disability Specialists (80 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Disability Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Disability Specialist
Disability specialists help people with disabilities to get the support they need in places like schools, nursing homes, religious organizations, and human services agencies, as well as receive the extra help that is necessary to best utilize the facilities.Read More...
Disability specialists may manage cases of several people, so it's important to be able to multitask while working quickly and accurately. They must also maintain a large network of support services to be sought by patients, such as medical providers and social services, and they often evaluate patients to determine what sorts of services are needed. Patients must be evaluated periodically for progress and to determine if any changes should be made in their plans, and strong relationships must be established with patients and their families.
It's important for these specialists to be able to work with a variety of disabilities, both physical and mental, and some may also assist in the development of departmental programs or policies. They are responsible for ensuring that all services are in compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and strong communication skills and patience are necessary in this position, as is the ability to work independently.
This work is usually performed indoors in an office environment, though some traveling may be necessary to meet with patients and service-providers. A bachelors degree in human services or a related field is generally required for this position.
Disability Specialist Tasks
- Answer client questions.
- Assess and approve claims.
- Determine eligibility for assistance, benefits, and other resources.
- Ensure proper documentation.
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Pay by Experience Level for Disability Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Disability Specialists generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $42K. Disability Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Disability Specialists who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $57K.