Employment Specialist Salary

Employment Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $15.26 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Employment Specialists approaches anywhere from $25K on the lower end to $44K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but career duration and the individual firm are influential factors as well. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. For the most part, Employment Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Employment Specialists making up 76 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,212 - $49,299
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,239
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$11.45 - $19.33
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$15
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MEDIAN: $15.41
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$0$49K
Salary $28,212 - $49,299
Bonus $0.00 - $2,534
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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$25,369 - $44,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 361
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.45 - $19.33
Hourly Tips $5.11
Overtime $10.93 - $31.66
Annual Data $0$44K
Bonus $0.00 - $2,534
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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$25,369 - $44,732
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 387

Job Description for Employment Specialist

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 for Employment Specialist


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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.

Employment Specialist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Employment Specialist


Popular Skills for Employment Specialist


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 for Employment Specialist

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: $34,382

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).

Employment Specialist Reviews

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

Employment Specialist in Atlanta:
"Supported Employment."
Pros: You work out of the office a lot in the field so there is little micro management. The purpose of this job to help people with special needs obtain employment, which is fulfilling.
Cons: The pay is low, a lot of car mileage on the job, the turn over of job placements made for individuals with special needs is high.

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 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.

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Key Stats for Employment Specialist

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Employment Specialist Salaries

▲16%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$34,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Employment Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
▲16%

Training Program Development
▲6%


▼0%

National Average
$34,000

▼2%



Oral / Verbal Communication
▼5%

▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 22%