When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $61K annually) can be spotted in Nashville, Tenn.; Trenton, N.J. ($53K), Fargo, N.D. ($48K), and Pittsburgh, Pa. ($39K) are the next top-paying cities. At around $26K, Norfolk, Va. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of New Jersey, where they average to about $52K per year.
Social Services Directors earn the highest median pay at around $67K annually, followed by Directors of Human Services Program Management (about $60K), Social Work Supervisors (approximately $52K), and Records Managers ($44K). Social Services Case Managers are among the lowest paid at a median salary of $32K.
Years of Experience
Those who have five to nine years of work experience see average salaries of $31K per year. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make about $37K annually on average. Overall, the greater share of Department of Human Services folks have 10-19 years of experience and earn an average around $51K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Master Social Workers receive bigger paychecks (approximately $74K annually) than those without credentials. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialists with credentials can live quite comfortably; median salaries come in at $44K per year. Department of Human Services workers who hold an Associate's Degree are also well compensated, earning $53K on average.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Project Management; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $79K annually. A common skill in Department of Human Services' work force is Case Management; just under a third of survey participants report using it on the job. Three more common skills are Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Program Management.
Benefits and Perks
When it comes to employee benefits, Department of Human Services has room for improvement — only 37 percent are paid for vacation and sick time. Those seeking to set aside retirement funds can rely on several savings options such as a 401(k) plan and a defined benefit retirement plan. Health insurance is part of the package for most survey participants, and for a fair number of workers, dental coverage is too. Additional benefits of working here are life insurance, tuition reimbursement, flexible hours, and a defined benefit retirement plan.