Employment Specialist Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Employment specialists deal with people for the majority of the day, and they must be outgoing, able to build relationships with others, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and have good listening skills. They must also have a basic knowledge of computers to input data and have strong research skills. Most employment specialists work longer than normal business hours hours, so flexibility (such as working later on some days or working on weekends) may be expected or preferred.
Along with these skills, employment specialists must have a bachelor’s degree in health, human service, business administration, or a related field; relevant experience may sometimes be substituted for education.
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.
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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
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.
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