Employment Specialists in the United States take home an average $15.13 per hour. Total incomes of Employment Specialists incorporate potential for, in rare cases, more than $2K from bonuses; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $45K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. A strong majority enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Employment Specialists making up 79 percent. Job satisfaction for Employment Specialists is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,124 - $49,049
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$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,772
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$11.25 - $19.38
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,124 - $49,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,164  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$25,027 - $45,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $19.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.11  
Overtime
$10.85 - $31.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,164  
   
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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$25,027 - $45,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 383

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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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While not commonly seen, Employment Specialists who transition into a Human Resources Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Human Resources Managers is $59K per year. Employment Specialists most often move into positions as Non-Profit Program Managers or Case Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $10K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


Employment Specialists report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Employment for Disabled and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Employment Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Employment Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $33K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $35K. Employment Specialists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,007

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Employment Specialists, 20 percent above the national average. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), Washington (+16 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Eugene. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Cleveland and 6 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 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Employment Specialist Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Employment Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Training Program Development
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National Average
$34,000




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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