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Employment Specialist Salary

Pay for Employment Specialists in the United States is very modest at just $35K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $25K and $45K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career length and the particular employer. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. For the most part, Employment Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Employment Specialists survey respondents are women (72 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,247 - $48,903
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,109
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$11.19 - $19.35
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$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,247 - $48,903  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
Profit Sharing
$525 - $4,500  
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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$24,940 - $45,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.19 - $19.35  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $28.95  
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 - $1,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$525 - $4,500  
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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$24,940 - $45,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359

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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 $43K per year.

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Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


Employment Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Training Program Development, Recruiting, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Counseling and Employment for Disabled. 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.


Employment Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $37K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Employment Specialist with more than 20 years of experience can earn $40K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Employment Specialists in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Employment Specialists will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Eugene. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Atlanta and 7 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%

Recruiting
up arrow 4%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$33,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%


Counseling
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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