Health Educators in the United States take home an average $43K per year. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Health Educators making up 79 percent. Job satisfaction for Health Educators is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,265 - $60,783
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$43K
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MEDIAN: $43,181
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$13.70 - $25.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,265 - $60,783  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $5,817  
Total Pay (?
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$30,366 - $59,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 347
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $25.79  
   
Overtime
$15.21 - $38.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$248.32 - $5,817  
   
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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$30,366 - $59,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 229

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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

  • 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.
  • Carry out patient or member outreach services.
  • Develop and present health education and promotion programs.

Common Career Paths for Health Educator


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Advancing into a Registered Nurse role seems to be a popular career move for Health Educators, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $56K per year. 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 Employer Salaries for Health Educator


For Health Educators, comfortable salaries can be found at WebMD, LLC; in fact, median earnings sit around $39K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Health Educator


Health Educators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Program Development, Patient Education, Curriculum Planning, and Health Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Public Health Education. The majority of those who know Community Health also know Public Health Education and Health and Wellness. The majority of those who know Health Education also know Health and Wellness and Public Health Education.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,212

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Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Health Educators in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Health Educators will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+12 percent), Richmond (+11 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Health Educators in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (19 percent lower) and Houston (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Health Educator

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

Program Development
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Patient Education
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National Average
$41,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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