Reading Specialists in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $50K annually for pay. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Reading Specialists is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,024 - $71,384
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$36K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,680
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$11.55 - $48.72
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$49
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,024 - $71,384  
   
Bonus
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$34,761 - $73,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 292
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.55 - $48.72  
   
Overtime
$109.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,750  
   
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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$34,761 - $73,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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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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Reading Specialists' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Elementary School Teacher. The typical income for an Elementary School Teacher is $40K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Reading Specialist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Reading Specialists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $43K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $49K. Reading Specialists see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Reading Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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 23%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Reading Specialist Salaries

Teaching
up arrow 21%

Data Analysis
up arrow 15%

National Average
$50,000

reading specialist
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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