Educational Specialist Salary

Median pay for Educational Specialists in the United States is around $49K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The vast majority of Educational Specialists (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most Educational Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$31,865 - $80,803
(Median)
$32K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $48,841
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$12.16 - $33.21
(Median)
$12
$19
$33
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,865 - $80,803  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
Profit Sharing
$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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$30,155 - $80,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 446
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $33.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$30,155 - $80,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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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There are some Educational Specialists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Education & Training Consultants, where earnings are an average $62K annually. A Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator role is the most prevalent career advancement for Educational Specialists. Paychecks for that role are $36K on average. The Education Program Management Director position is another common transition for Educational Specialists; in this role, salaries are typically at the $53K mark.

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Popular Skills for Educational Specialist


Educational Specialists seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Project Management, Program Management, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those listing Event Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Childhood Education and Teaching also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Curriculum Planning also know Childhood Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Educational Specialist

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


Educational Specialists who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Educational Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $64K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Educational Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Educational Specialist Salaries


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Program Management
up arrow 4%

Training
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$48,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 7%

Teaching
up arrow 10%

Childhood Education
up arrow 12%

Event Planning
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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