Health Educator Salary

For Health Educators, annual average wages total $41K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $30K, and the top verges on $59K per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the specific company are driving factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Health Educators report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Health Educators who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,819 - $60,359
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,956
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$13.81 - $26.48
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,819 - $60,359  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,752  
Profit Sharing
$550  
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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$30,228 - $59,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 429
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $26.48  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $34.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,752  
   
Profit Sharing
$550  
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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$30,228 - $59,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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Job Description for Health Educator

Health educators work in a variety of locations, but almost always in indoor environments. They are employed primarily by facilities/institutions associated with health care, such as hospitals, wellness centers, and other health departments. Most health educators work traditional weekly business hours; some are also licensed teachers who provide health education in public schools. Candidates for this position should have at least a bachelor's degree in a field such as health, wellness, biology, human development, or a related field. Some states may require additional licensing, as well.

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Health Educator Tasks

  • Carry out patient or member outreach services.
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs.
  • Advise and support patients or staff in making specific health behavior changes and in seeking appropriate health care services.
  • Evaluate and document participant progress, keep records and statistics.

Common Career Paths for Health Educator


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As Health Educators make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Non-Profit Program Manager position pays around the same amount as the Health Educator job on average. A Health Educator may also move into a role as a Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator or a Public Health Educator.

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Popular Skills for Health Educator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Health and Wellness, Curriculum Planning, and Public Health are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. The majority of those who know Community Health also know Health Education and Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Health Educator

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


Health Educators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $38K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $43K. Health Educators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Health Educator with more than 20 years of experience can earn $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,494

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

With a pay rate for Health Educators that is 13 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Health Educators will also find cushy salaries in Richmond (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Tampa (+8 percent), and Baltimore (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Diego, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less).

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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

Patient Education
up arrow 16%


Curriculum Planning
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Health Education
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Public Health
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National Average
$40,000

Community Health
up arrow 2%

Public Health Education
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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