$36,533
Avg. Salary
$15.68
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$502

Bonus

$0.00

Profit Sharing

$2,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Employment Specialist is $15.68 per hour.

The average pay for an Employment Specialist is $36,533 per year.

10%
$11.73
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$15.68
50%
$20.50
90%
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MEDIAN $15.68
10%
$28k
10%
$37k
50%
$50k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $36,533
$28,134 - $49,738
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MEDIAN: $36,533
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$0$49K
Salary $28,134 - $49,738
Bonus $0.00 - $3,477
Profit Sharing $0.00
Commission $2,000
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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$25,591 - $46,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 627
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.73 - $20.50
Hourly Tips $5.11
Overtime $14.22 - $31.08
Annual Data $0$46K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,477
Commission $2,000
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$25,591 - $46,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 719

Job Description

Employment specialist match current and/or future employees with specific positions within a company. Most specialists look at employees' skill sets and match them to an area that is best suited to the employees' needs and company's goals. This also includes being able to promote, demote, and hire for specific job areas. Employment specialists must listen to the needs of the company and employees, learn how employees' skill sets would affect the company, and ensure that there is a "career profile" for all employees that includes work history, strengths, weaknesses, and other factors. They must also maintain files for employees and/or potential employees, as well as help new employees with training.

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Employment Specialist Tasks
  • Generate interest in employment among candidates.
  • Conduct training on topics which may include soft skills and resume writing.
  • Guide candidates through employment process, assisting with all facets of job search, placement and employment.
  • Assist candidates with developing appropriate social skills and work habits.
  • Work with case management staff to develop integrated employment model.


Common Career Paths


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While not commonly seen, Employment Specialists who transition into a Human Resources Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Human Resources Managers is $59K per year. Non-Profit Program Managers or Human Resources Generalists are common next-step roles for Employment Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Non-Profit Program Managers is $10K higher on average, and it's $14K higher for Human Resources Generalists.

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Popular Skills


Survey results imply that Employment Specialists put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Training Program Development, Human Resources, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Employment for Disabled, Data Entry, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for an Employment Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Employment Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 517 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Employment Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 167 salaries. An experienced Employment Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 113 salaries. An Employment Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 28 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,846

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Employment Specialists in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Employment Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Eugene is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (10 percent less) and Columbus (6 percent less).

Q: What is it like working as an Employment Specialist?

Employment Specialist in Hampton:
"Things change."
Learn you must be very flexible and patient.

Employment Specialist in Vancouver:
Pros: Office atmosphere.
Cons: Limited room for growth.

Employment Specialist in McHenry:
"Nice to see others accomplish a life goal because of you."
Pros: Helping others find a place in life where they belong and fit in. Giving back to the community. Training someone who deserves a chance at a great future and a chance to better themselves who normally would not get a chance to do so.
Cons: Hearing and seeing people with disabilities being treated with disrespect because they may be different.

Employment Specialist in Alpena:
"Now your working."
Pros: I love being able to meet new eml.
Cons:

Employment Specialist in Highland Park:
"I want to know the difference in salary."
Find out if salary is correct. We have a lot of responsibilities.

Employment Specialist in Denver:
"Great place and experience."
Pros: I like being able to help individuals with disabilities achieve the unexpected, surprise myself and be a force for positivity. I really like management and my colleagues, the culture is very family friendly and we support each other in order to serve our clients more effectively. Management supports furthering your education and gaining new skills as well as a healthy work/life balance.
Cons: The paperwork is a bear but at the end of the day is doable. The clientele can be very difficult but they can help to challenge you to become a better person and you end up learning as much as you teach them.

Employment Specialist in Oneida:
"I work with individuals that have developmental disabilities."
Pros: Very rewarding to help people succeed that most in society would like to forget.
Cons: Very little income.

Related Job Salaries

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 270 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲1%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

How Skills Affect Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲15%

Training Program Development
▲4%


National Average
$35,000

▼1%


▼4%


Oral / Verbal Communication
▼6%

▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 270 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 19%