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Employment Specialist Salary

Employment Specialists in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K annually on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $45K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Employment Specialists making up 71 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$27,065 - $48,513
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,901
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$11.10 - $19.21
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$11
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$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,065 - $48,513  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
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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$24,849 - $45,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $19.21  
   
Overtime
$16.01 - $29.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
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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$24,849 - $45,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 314
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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 imply that Employment Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Training Program Development, Recruiting, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. On average, Employment Specialists make $36K following 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 $39K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Employment Specialists that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+21 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Eugene is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers in Cleveland and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (3 percent less).

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
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Case Management
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National Average
$33,000

Data Entry
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Customer Service
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Counseling
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%