Employment Specialist Salary

For Employment Specialists, hourly average wages total $15.09 per hour. In the world of Employment Specialists, overall cash allowance can sometimes include more than $2K from bonuses, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $44K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Employment Specialists survey respondents are women (79 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,887 - $47,673
$28K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,726
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$11.20 - $19.09
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MEDIAN: $15.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,887 - $47,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,447  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$24,985 - $44,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 361
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $19.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.11  
Overtime
$10.85 - $31.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,447  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$24,985 - $44,454  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 370

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Job Description for Employment Specialist

Employment specialist match current and/or future employees with specific positions within a company. Most specialists look at employees' skill sets and match them to an area that is best suited to the employees' needs and company's goals. This also includes being able to promote, demote, and hire for specific job areas. Employment specialists must listen to the needs of the company and employees, learn how employees' skill sets would affect the company, and ensure that there is a "career profile" for all employees that includes work history, strengths, weaknesses, and other factors. They must also maintain files for employees and/or potential employees, as well as help new employees with training.

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Employment Specialist Tasks

  • Generate interest in employment among candidates.
  • Conduct training on topics which may include soft skills and resume writing.
  • Guide candidates through employment process, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and employment.
  • Assist candidates with developing appropriate social skills and work habits.
  • Work with case management staff to develop integrated employment model.

Common Career Paths for Employment Specialist


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Employment Specialists sometimes assume positions such as Human Resources Managers. That role pays $59K per year on average. A common career progression for an Employment Specialist is to become a Non-Profit Program Manager or a Human Resources Generalist. Compared to Employment Specialists, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $14K more.

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Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


Employment Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Training Program Development, Human Resources, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Employment for Disabled, Data Entry, and Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Employment Specialist

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


For Employment Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $33K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Employment 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 $40K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,841

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Employment Specialists, 19 percent higher than the national average. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+17 percent), Washington (+15 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Eugene is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Cleveland and 5 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Employment Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Employment Specialist?

Employment Specialist in Atlanta:
"Supported Employment."
Pros: You work out of the office a lot in the field so there is little micro management. The purpose of this job to help people with special needs obtain employment, which is fulfilling.
Cons: The pay is low, a lot of car mileage on the job, the turn over of job placements made for individuals with special needs is high.

Employment Specialist in McHenry:
"Nice to see others accomplish a life goal because of you."
Pros: Helping others find a place in life where they belong and fit in. Giving back to the community. Training someone who deserves a chance at a great future and a chance to better themselves who normally would not get a chance to do so.
Cons: Hearing and seeing people with disabilities being treated with disrespect because they may be different.

Employment Specialist in Denver:
"Great place and experience."
Pros: I like being able to help individuals with disabilities achieve the unexpected, surprise myself and be a force for positivity. I really like management and my colleagues, the culture is very family friendly and we support each other in order to serve our clients more effectively. Management supports furthering your education and gaining new skills as well as a healthy work/life balance.
Cons: The paperwork is a bear but at the end of the day is doable. The clientele can be very difficult but they can help to challenge you to become a better person and you end up learning as much as you teach them.

Employment Specialist in Oneida:
"I work with individuals that have developmental disabilities."
Pros: Very rewarding to help people succeed that most in society would like to forget.
Cons: Very little income.

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Key Stats for Employment Specialist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Employment Specialist Salaries

▲18%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$34,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Employment Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲18%

Training Program Development
▲7%


▲2%

National Average
$34,000


▼1%


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼3%

▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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