Education, credentials and experience are all prime factors in determining the salary of a diabetes educator. A job right out of college can bring in about $30,000 a year. As more experience is gained, this amount can improve further. Further studies, such as certificate courses and a masters degree, can make one earn up to $60,000 a year. Clearing the CDE exam will bring one this amount. The average salary per year for a diabetes educator is around $45,000 a year.