Years of Experience
For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to approximately $37K per year. The greater proportion of employees (33 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of about $37K annually.
The highest paychecks go to Social Services Case Managers, who earn an average around $43K per year, closely trailed by Social Workers ($40K), Customer Service Representatives ($38K), and Child Welfare Specialists ($34K). On the lower end are Secretaries at $24K on average.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $49K annually) can be spotted in Washington, DC; Salem, Ore. (around $43K), Raleigh, N.C. ($40K), and Oklahoma City, Okla. ($39K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $33K, Atlanta, Ga. is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. By state, Department of Human Services pays its Illinois employees the most; the pay rate there is $71K per year.
Certifications and Degrees
Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Licensed Social Workers, who make approximately $51K annually. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Microsoft Office Specialists with credentials; these people earn $34K per year on average. Employees who have a Master of Social Work (MSW) make the most here, hauling in around $74K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have may be Training; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of $55K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Department of Human Services is Case Management, with close to a third considering it a key competency. Many workers usually know Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Child Advocacy as well.
The number of female employees who completed the survey outweighs the number of men; the female-to-male ratio is more than 3 to 1.
Benefits and Perks
Company benefits — namely paid time off for both vacation and sick leave — are received by just one in three employees. Roughly one-half of workers allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of employees, and a fair number of workers report receiving dental coverage as well. Department of Human Services folks also make good use of a casual working environment, defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, flexible hours, and tuition reimbursement.