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Health Educator Salary

Median pay for Health Educators in the United States is around $41K per year. Compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $60K per year on the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Health Educators (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Health Educators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,340 - $60,530
(Median)
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41K
50K
61K
MEDIAN: $40,793
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$12.87 - $27.35
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,340 - $60,530  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
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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$29,702 - $59,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 298
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $27.35  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $34.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
   
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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$29,702 - $59,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 157
United States (change)

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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Health Educators may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Public Health Educator offer money in line with Health Educators. Many Health Educators go on to become Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators or Non-RN Health Educators despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $4K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Health Educator


Survey results imply that Health Educators put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Health and Wellness, Public Health, and Health Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Community Health. Those educated in Community Health tend to be well versed in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $38K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Health Educators make a median salary of $50K. Health Educators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $58K.

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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

Patient Education
up arrow 16%


Public Health
up arrow 5%

Health Education
up arrow 4%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Community Health
up arrow 3%

Public Health Education
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 89 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%