Health Educator Salary

Health Educators in the United States take home an average $41K per year. Pay generally varies between $30K and $60K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Health Educators who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Health Educators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,658 - $60,366

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$13.94 - $26.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,658 - $60,366  
   
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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$30,161 - $59,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $26.80  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $33.87  
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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$30,161 - $59,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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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 see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Public Health Educator. Public Health Educators on average make about as much as Health Educators do. Many Health Educators advance into roles as Non-Profit Organization Program Coordinators or Non-RN Health Educators, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Health Educator


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Patient Education, Health and Wellness, Curriculum Planning, and Public Health are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 16 percent. Most people skilled in Community Health are similarly competent 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $43K. For Health Educators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Health Educators in Austin enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Health Educators will also find cushy salaries in Richmond (+13 percent) and Tampa (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (13 percent lower) and Indianapolis (9 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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Health Education
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Public Health
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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 79 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 16%
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