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Health Educator Salary

Health Educators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $41K per year. Compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $60K per year on the higher end. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women account for the majority of Health Educators who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Most Health Educators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,573 - $60,647
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,851
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$13.81 - $26.80
(Median)
$14
$19
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,573 - $60,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
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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$30,084 - $59,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $26.80  
   
Overtime
$5.00 - $34.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,968  
   
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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$30,084 - $59,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176

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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. A lot of Health Educators advance their careers by becoming Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators and Non-RN Health Educators. However, those positions offer $4K less and $1K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Health Educator


Health Educators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. For most people, competency in Community Health indicates knowledge of 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $38K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $43K. Health Educators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $59K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Richmond 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 Los Angeles (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Indianapolis and Baltimore earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (12 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Health Educator Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Health Educator Salaries

Patient Education
up arrow 16%


Public Health
up arrow 4%

Health Education
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 3%

Public Health Education
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Community Health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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