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 annually. 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 residence, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Employment Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$27,634 - $48,822
(Median)
$28K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,187
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$11.24 - $19.30
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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
$27,634 - $48,822  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$25,135 - $45,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 427
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.24 - $19.30  
   
Overtime
$16.29 - $29.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$25,135 - $45,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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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


Survey results imply that Employment Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Counseling and Employment for Disabled. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Employment Specialist

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


For Employment Specialists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. Employment Specialists see a median salary of $38K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $40K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Employment Specialists, Boston provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), Washington (+17 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Eugene is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 7 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 9%

Recruiting
up arrow 4%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$33,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%


Counseling
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 177 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: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%
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