Health Educator Salary

The average Health Educator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K annually. Pay generally varies between $30K and $60K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Health Educators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health Educators who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,749 - $60,504
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,790
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$13.79 - $26.70
(Median)
$14
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,749 - $60,504  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$30,155 - $59,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.79 - $26.70  
   
Overtime
$9.64 - $33.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
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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$30,155 - $59,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Public Health Educator. On average, Public Health Educators get paid about the same as Health Educators do. Health Educators most frequently advance into Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinator and Non-RN Health Educator roles even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Health Educator


Health Educators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Health and Wellness, Public Health, and Curriculum Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Most people 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $38K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $50K. Health Educators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Austin is home to an above-average pay rate for Health Educators, 13 percent higher than the national average. Health Educators will also find cushy salaries in Richmond (+13 percent) and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (13 percent lower) and Indianapolis (10 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

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

Community Health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

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: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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