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Reading Specialist Salary

With a little over a half of Reading Specialists in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Reading Specialists is $51K per year and can range from $34K on the lower end to $83K per year near the higher end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Reading Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,847 - $71,735
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,694
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$12.19 - $65.44
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,847 - $71,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
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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$33,784 - $82,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $65.44  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
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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$33,784 - $82,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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Job Description for Reading Specialist

Reading specialists generally work at elementary and middle schools to help students develop their reading skills, and may occasionally work with high school students, as well.

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Reading Specialist Tasks

  • Build rapport and develop agreements with preschool and family child care programs.
  • May mentor or supervise other reading coaches.
  • Advocate for and support early literacy knowledge and skills development.
  • Determine literacy training needs and develop a training course utilizing traditional and non-traditional methods.
  • Research and assess literacy training needs, and helps develop or improve literacy curriculum.

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Pay by Experience Level for Reading Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Reading Specialists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. Reading Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $62K.

Reading Specialist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Reading Specialist in Fort Lauderdale:
"Teachers are underpaid and it's not fair."
Make sure your job title is what you are actually doing. Inquire about bonuses, salary, and teach in a school where you feel appreciated. Follow up with teachers to make sure they are implementing resources you provided to help students succeed. Don't teach in south Florida, up north pays much more and the cost of living in Florida is ridiculous as well as the people.

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Experience Affects Reading Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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