Health Educator Salary

The average Health Educator in the United States earns approximately $44K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Health Educators survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,048 - $61,148
$31K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,533
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$13.77 - $27.56
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MEDIAN: $18.74
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,048 - $61,148  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,960  
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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$30,346 - $60,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 348
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.77 - $27.56  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,960  
   
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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$30,346 - $60,301  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 245

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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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Health Educators might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $56K per year. Health Educators most frequently advance into Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator and Public Health Educator roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Health Educator


WebMD, LLC offers the largest salaries in town — $39K on average.

Popular Skills for Health Educator


Survey results suggest that Health Educators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Program Development, Patient Education, Curriculum Planning, and Health Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Public Health Education, Community Outreach / Activism, and Community Health. Most people skilled in Health Education are similarly competent in Health and Wellness and Public Health Education. For most people, competency in Community Health indicates knowledge of Public Health Education and Health and Wellness.

Pay by Experience Level for Health Educator

Pay by Experience for a Health Educator has a positive trend. An entry-level Health Educator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 393 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Health Educator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 142 salaries. An experienced Health Educator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 86 salaries. A Health Educator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,681

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

Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Health Educators, 23 percent above the national average. Health Educators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+10 percent), Austin (+10 percent), Richmond (+10 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Health Educators in San Antonio report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (19 percent less) and Houston (11 percent less).

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Key Stats for Health Educator

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries

▲30%

▲21%

▲10%

National Average
$42,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

Program Development
▲13%

Patient Education
▲2%


Curriculum Planning
▼0%

National Average
$42,000

Health and Wellness
▼1%



Community Outreach / Activism
▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 15%
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