Reading Specialist Salary

One-half of Reading Specialists in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $34K to $81K per year, and the average comes out to $50K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Reading Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,466 - $72,371
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$35K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $49,908
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$12.18 - $62.09
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$12
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$62
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,466 - $72,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
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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$34,369 - $80,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $62.09  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
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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$34,369 - $80,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 55
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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 may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Elementary School Teacher. That position usually brings in $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.


Reading Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. As Reading Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $63K.

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 24%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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