Employment Specialists in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. While years of experience and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Female Employment Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Job satisfaction for Employment Specialists is high. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,412 - $48,882
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,857
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$11.09 - $19.37
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,412 - $48,882  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,538  
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$24,870 - $45,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 384
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $19.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$5.11  
Overtime
$15.46 - $29.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,538  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$24,870 - $45,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 364
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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

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

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Employment Specialists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Human Resources Manager. The average Human Resources Manager brings home $59K per year.

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Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


Survey results suggest that Employment Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Human Resources, Recruiting, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Employment for Disabled, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Data Entry. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Employment Specialist

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


Employment Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $32K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $36K on average. Employment Specialists see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $44K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,971

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

For Employment Specialists, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+18 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and St. Louis (+6 percent). Eugene is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Rochester and 10 percent less in Cleveland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Employment Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as an Employment Specialist?

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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Experience Affects Employment Specialist Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Employment Specialist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 7%


Recruiting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$34,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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