Employment Specialist Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Employment Specialists in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $35K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $45K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Employment Specialists. Female Employment Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,125 - $48,813
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,336
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$11.20 - $19.22
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$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,125 - $48,813  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,400  
Profit Sharing
$925  
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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$24,934 - $45,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 494
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $19.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$15.68 - $28.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$925  
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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$24,934 - $45,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 463
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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.

Common Career Paths for Employment Specialist


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Employment Specialists who move on to become Non-Profit Program Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Non-Profit Program Managers get paid an average of $44K per year.

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Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


Survey results suggest that Employment Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Human Resources, Recruiting, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Counseling, Employment for Disabled, and Data Entry. Most people who know Case Management also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Employment Specialist

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $31K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,107

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

For Employment Specialists, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+16 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Cleveland and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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
$33,000


Skills That Affect Employment Specialist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 10%


Recruiting
up arrow 4%

National Average
$33,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 4%


Counseling
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 180 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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