Employment Specialist Salary

Employment Specialists in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K per year on average. Earnings generally vary between $25K and $46K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Employment Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Employment Specialists making up 73 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,653 - $48,848

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$11.18 - $19.35

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,653 - $48,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,711  
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $3,052  
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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$25,068 - $45,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.18 - $19.35  
   
Overtime
$16.22 - $29.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,711  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $3,052  
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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$25,068 - $45,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 389
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Non-Profit Program Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $43K per year.

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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 Human Resources, Training Program Development, Recruiting, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Counseling and Employment for Disabled. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $35K. Employment Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $38K. Employment Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Employment Specialists, 34 percent above the national average. Employment Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Washington (+17 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Eugene is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Workers in Atlanta and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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
$34,000


Skills That Affect Employment Specialist Salaries


Training Program Development
up arrow 8%

Recruiting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$34,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%


Counseling
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%
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