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Health Educator Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, just below three-fifths of Health Educators have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $41K annually. Compensation ranges between $29K and $60K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to the greater part, and a majority earn dental coverage. There are far more female Health Educators than men, making up 86 percent of those in this profession. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Health Educators. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Health Educator Salary (?
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$30,086 - $60,389
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MEDIAN: $40,520
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Health Educator Salary (?
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$12.15 - $27.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,086 - $60,389  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
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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$29,324 - $59,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $27.53  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $33.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
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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$29,324 - $59,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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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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. Health Educators most often move into Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator or Non-RN Health Educator roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $1K less.

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Popular Skills for Health Educator

Health Educators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Patient Education, Health and Wellness, and Health Education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 12 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Community Health and Public Health Education. 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. Health Educators in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $38K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $41K. On average, Health Educators make $50K following one to two decades on the job. 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. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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San Francisco
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Although Health Educators working in Los Angeles have incomes that are slightly above the national average, geography doesn't actually seem to affect pay that much. Health Educators will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+1 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in San Diego and 10 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

Patient Education
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Public Health
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Curriculum Planning
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National Average
$40,000
Public Health Education
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Community Health
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%