When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($68K annually) can be spotted in Springfield, Ill.; Little Rock, Ark. (approximately $44K), Fargo, N.D. ($43K), and Pittsburgh, Pa. (about $39K) are the next top-paying cities. Norfolk, Va. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $26K. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Illinois, where the average salary is around $61K per year.
Human Service Providers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $61K annually; Social Work Supervisors come in second with average earnings amounting to $55K, while Social Workers and Social Services Case Managers rank near the top as well ($38K and about $34K, respectively). Near the bottom at Department of Human Services are Administrative Assistants, pulling in an average of just around $27K.
Years of Experience
Survey participants who have worked at Department of Human Services for between five and 10 years earn approximately $37K per year on average. Workers who have been with the company for more than one year but less than five can make $34K annually on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Department of Human Services employees (31 percent) have 10-19 years of experience and earn $48K per year on average.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to about $77K annually for Licensed Master Social Workers, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Bigger paychecks are awarded to Microsoft Office Specialists with credentials; these people earn $34K per year on average. Those with a Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science (BS / BSc) at Department of Human Services come out on top, and their salaries approach around $47K annually.
The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Program Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of approximately $55K per year. Case Management is a popular skill in the Department of Human Services workforce; close to a fourth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Other skills in demand are Microsoft Office, Customer Service, and Microsoft Excel.
Benefits and Perks
Only one in three workers enjoy paid vacation days and paid sick time — a rather disappointing finding. Quite a few retirement plans are on offer at Department of Human Services, including a 401(k) plan and a 403(b) plan. A large number of workers have health insurance, and benefits for a solid majority of workers also include dental insurance. Department of Human Services folks also make good use of defined contribution (dc) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and a casual working environment.