An average Community Health Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.55 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Community Health Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Community Health Workers (90 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,694 - $48,166
(Median)
$27K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,151
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$12.03 - $20.23
(Median)
$12
$16
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,694 - $48,166  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $13,906  
Total Pay (?
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$25,848 - $44,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $20.23  
   
Overtime
$8.00 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$100.67 - $13,906  
   
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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$25,848 - $44,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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Job Description for Community Health Worker

Community health workers are responsible for educating community members on a variety of health issues and available community programs. They work as a liaison between health organizations and the general public to provide relevant information and guide individuals towards a better understanding of health issues. These professionals respond to their clients' specific needs and questions, presenting materials and health concepts in a way that community members can easily understand. Community health workers keep accurate records of client interactions, as well as actively participate in health training sessions and coordinate with care teams to provide appropriate health resources. These professionals also develop strong relationships with social workers to refer individuals, community leaders and other health professionals as needed.

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Community Health Worker Tasks

  • 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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Popular Skills for Community Health Worker


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Community Outreach / Activism, Health Education, and Bilingual are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Health Education as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Community Outreach / Activism.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Health Worker

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. Community Health Workers bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $38K.

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

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Community Health Worker Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 13%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 6%

Health Education
up arrow 5%

Bilingual
up arrow 5%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Community Health
0%

National Average
$33,000

Public Health Education
up arrow 12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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