Years of Experience
Average pay is around $53K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest slice of the Department of Children and Families workforce (32 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $39K per year.
Residents of Hartford, Conn. pick up paychecks that are higher than any other city — the median salary is $75K annually; other top-paying cities include Baton Rouge, La. (about $59K) and Chicago, Ill. ($47K). By state, Connecticut offers the highest pay at approximately $84K per year.
Nearing the top of the pay scale are Child Welfare Specialists and Social Workers; the former receives the highest median pay at $65K annually while $51K per year is the norm for the latter.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Master Social Workers earn around $57K annually, far more than their non-accredited counterparts. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialists with credentials; these people earn about $53K per year on average. It pays to have a Master of Social Work (MSW) at Department of Children and Families — these employees make the most at approximately $62K annually.
Employees who count Project Management among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is $54K per year. Case Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under one in three of employees surveyed report using it at work. Some other standard skills here are Child Advocacy, Counseling, and Data Analysis.
Benefits and Perks
The benefits packages at Department of Children and Families can sometimes lack paid time off; half of workers get paid vacation days, and a third of workers receive paid sick leave. At Department of Children and Families, a fair number of respondents have health insurance, and a fair number of employees have dental coverage. The list of perks also includes life insurance, flexible hours, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and a subsidized cell phone.