Reading Specialists in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $50K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,844 - $71,195
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MEDIAN: $49,514
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$11.48 - $49.13
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,844 - $71,195  
   
Bonus
$2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$34,592 - $73,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $49.13  
   
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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$34,592 - $73,641  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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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

  • 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.
  • Advocate for and support early literacy knowledge and skills development.
  • Build rapport and develop agreements with preschool and family child care programs.
  • May mentor or supervise other reading coaches.

Common Career Paths for Reading Specialist


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For Reading Specialists, a move to the Elementary School Teacher role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Elementary School Teachers typically make $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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $43K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $49K on average. For Reading Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. 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 $63K.

Reading Specialist Advice

Q: 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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Key Stats for Reading Specialist

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Reading Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Reading Specialist Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 30%

Teaching
up arrow 9%

reading specialist
up arrow 5%

Reading
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 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
32%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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