When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $98K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Nashville, Tenn. ($61K), Fargo, N.D. (about $48K), and Pittsburgh, Pa. ($39K) are the next top-paying cities. Norfolk, Va. is near the bottom for pay at approximately $26K. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Colorado, where they average to $57K per year.
The highest average salaries go to Social Services Directors, who bring in close to $67K annually, though Directors of Human Services Program Management are not far behind at around $60K along with Social Services Case Managers ($58K) and Social Work Supervisors (approximately $53K). With salaries averaging about $32K, Case Managers are among the lowest paid at Department of Human Services.
Years of Experience
Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $36K per year on average. The largest slice of the Department of Human Services workforce (31 percent) has been working for five to nine years and earns, on average, $36K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Master Social Workers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to about $74K per year. Licensed Psychologists also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $72K annually. Those with a master's in social work at Department of Human Services come out on top, and their salaries approach around $46K per year.
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 a popular skill among Department of Human Services workers, with slightly less than a third of those surveyed reporting using it on the job. Some other standard skills here are Customer Service, Microsoft Office, and Program Management.
Benefits and Perks
Two in five employees — the minority — enjoy both paid vacation and paid sick time. Employees looking to save up for old age can choose from several options including a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of workers, and a solid majority of respondents report receiving dental coverage as well. The company also dishes out perks such as life insurance, flexible hours, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, and a defined benefit retirement plan.