Health Educators in the United States pull down an average of $43K annually. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Health Educators (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Health Educators. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,399 - $60,449
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,274
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$14.12 - $26.06
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,399 - $60,449  
   
Bonus
$247.47 - $5,847  
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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$30,555 - $58,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $26.06  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $38.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$247.47 - $5,847  
   
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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$30,555 - $58,958  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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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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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. Health Educators most often move into positions as Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators or Public Health Educators. Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Public Health Educators earn $1K less per year than Health Educators do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Health Educator


The biggest paychecks can be found at WebMD, LLC — the median salary there is $39K.

Popular Skills for Health Educator


Health Educators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Health Education, Curriculum Planning, and Public Health are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Community Outreach / Activism and Public Health Education as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those familiar with Health Education tend to be well versed in Health and Wellness and Public Health Education. Most people familiar with Community Health also know Public 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Health Educators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. As Health Educators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,548

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

For Health Educators, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Health Educators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+20 percent), Austin (+10 percent), Richmond (+10 percent), and Tampa (+8 percent). San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Philadelphia and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

Patient Education
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Health Education
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Curriculum Planning
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Health and Wellness
0%

Public Health
0%

National Average
$42,000

Community Health
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Public Health Education
up arrow 3%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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