Social Services Directors represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $67K annually — though Social Services Case Managers, Social Work Supervisors, and Records Managers also do fairly well at $58K, approximately $53K, and around $44K, respectively. Among the lower-paid positions at Department of Human Services are Secretaries — the median salary for this role approaches $23K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $68K per year) can be spotted in Springfield, Ill.; Nashville, Tenn. (around $61K), Fargo, N.D. ($48K), and Pittsburgh, Pa. ($39K) are the next top-paying cities. Norfolk, Va. is near the bottom for pay at $26K. By state, Department of Human Services employees make the most in Colorado, earning approximately $57K annually on average.
Years of Experience
For those with one to four years of experience, median paychecks reach about $38K per year. Average pay is around $36K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. Overall, the greater share of Department of Human Services folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average about $52K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Salaries approach $74K annually for Licensed Master Social Workers; non-accredited workers make much less. Acquiring certification to be a Licensed Psychologist is rewarded with median pay of approximately $72K per year. The highest-paying degree here is an Associate's Degree; Department of Human Services awards $53K to these degree-holders.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Project Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $68K annually. Case Management is considered a run-of-the-mill skill; around one in three of Department of Human Services' people use it regularly. Program Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office round out the set of key employee skills.
Benefits and Perks
Just one in three respondents receive paid time off. Close to one-half of workers save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. A large number of workers have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of employees also include dental insurance. The list of perks also includes life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and defined contribution (dc) retirement plan.