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 per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $45K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most Employment Specialists survey respondents are women (73 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$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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$0$10$20$30
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 often transition into Non-Profit Program Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Non-Profit Program Managers earn $44K per year.

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Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


Employment Specialists seem to require a number of specific 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. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Employment Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Employment Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $35K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $31K. For Employment Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,107

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

For Employment Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Employment Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), Washington (+18 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Cleveland and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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
$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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