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Educational Specialist Salary

Median pay for Educational Specialists in the United States is around $48K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Educational Specialists (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Educational Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$30,918 - $79,579
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MEDIAN: $48,043
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$10.40 - $38.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,918 - $79,579  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,226 - $79,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 371
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$10.40 - $38.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,226 - $79,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Educational Specialist

The main responsibility of an education specialist is to make positive changes to how students learn in particular institutions and programs. These specialists often work closely with program directors and teachers, and must make sure that the curricula and activities offered will work well with the particular age range of students. They generally serve as consultants who work to make useful changes which make educational programs more effective.

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Educational Specialist Tasks

  • Coach and assist with curriculum and report writing, including analysis of metrics.
  • Administer, evaluate, and interpret tests and their results, and make recommendations for educational plans.
  • Provide instructional leadership and guidance for testing and curriculum development and delivery.
  • Conduct workshops and trainings on best practices and state-of-the-field.

Common Career Paths for Educational Specialist


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Though it's uncommon, some Educational Specialists move into roles as Education & Training Consultants, where pay is an average $62K per year. Educational Specialists most often move into positions as Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators or Non-Profit Program Managers. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators actually earn $11K less on average, however, and Non-Profit Program Managers earn $4K less per year than Educational Specialists do.

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Educational Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Training Program Development, Childhood Education, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 21 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Counseling. Those with knowledge of Curriculum Planning tend to be skilled in Training Program Development as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Educational Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Educational Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $65K.

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Experience Affects Educational Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Educational Specialist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 37%

Childhood Education
up arrow 21%

Data Analysis
up arrow 9%

Project Management
up arrow 6%

Training
up arrow 5%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

National Average
$47,000

Counseling
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%