Employment Specialist Salary

Employment Specialists in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K annually on average. Earnings generally vary between $25K and $45K per year. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Employment Specialists making up 72 percent. For the most part, Employment Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,329 - $48,686
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$27K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,094
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$11.11 - $19.28
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,329 - $48,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,536  
Total Pay (?
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$24,879 - $45,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
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Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $19.28  
   
Overtime
$16.07 - $29.00  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,536  
   
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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$24,879 - $45,375  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343

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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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Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


Survey results show that Employment Specialists use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Human Resources, Recruiting, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Counseling and Employment for Disabled. 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.


Employment Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $35K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Employment Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. 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 $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Employment Specialists, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+20 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Eugene, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Atlanta and 6 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 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 9%


Data Entry
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Case Management
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National Average
$33,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%


Counseling
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%