Educational Specialist Salary

Educational Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $49K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (82 percent) of Educational Specialists who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Educational Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,298 - $80,155
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,538
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90%

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$11.43 - $36.08
(Median)
$11
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,298 - $80,155  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
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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$29,596 - $79,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $36.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $65.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,500  
   
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).
)
$29,596 - $79,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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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Educational Specialists do not often transition into Education & Training Consultant roles. The role averages $62K per year. Educational Specialists most often move into Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator or Non-Profit Program Manager roles. However, the former pays $12K less on average, and the latter pays $4K less.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Childhood Education, Curriculum Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Counseling. Curriculum Planning and Training Program Development are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Educational Specialist

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. Educational Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $64K.

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Experience Affects Educational Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Educational Specialist Salaries


Childhood Education
up arrow 6%


Project Management
up arrow 5%

Training
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Data Analysis
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Counseling
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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