Community Health Worker Salary

Earnings for Community Health Workers in the United States come in at around $14.46 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.26 per hour and $18.84. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Community Health Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (84 percent) of Community Health Workers who took the survey are female. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance.

$26,483 - $49,023
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,506
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$10.26 - $18.84
(Median)
$10
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,483 - $49,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,825  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,637 - $45,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $18.84  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $26.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,825  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,637 - $45,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130

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Job Description for Community Health Worker

  • Provide psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
  • Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement or education.

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Community Health Workers only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Oral / Verbal Communication, Community Health, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Health Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Community Health Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $30K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $33K. Community Health Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Community Health Workers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $42K.

Community Health Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Community Health Worker?

Community Health Worker in Wayne:
"Community Health Worker."
Pros: I get to help vulnerable populations. Advocate and empower them.
Cons: We run on grants, so not stable.

Community Health Worker in St. Paul:
"Community Health Worker."
Pros: I enjoy helping people get through the Minnesota Healthcare System. I feel good when they receive healthcare coverage and can finally go to the doctor.
Cons: Working at a non-profit can be challenging in the pay area. You are funded by outside sources and government politics can effect your pay and workload.

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Experience Affects Community Health Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Community Health Worker Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Community Health
up arrow 3%

National Average
$32,000

Case Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%