Average Community Health Workers in the United States make around $15.65 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Community Health Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (89 percent) of Community Health Workers who took the survey are female. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$26,376 - $48,286
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$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,099
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$12.08 - $20.42
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,376 - $48,286  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $13,702  
Total Pay (?
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$25,673 - $44,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $20.42  
   
Overtime
$7.86 - $40.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$102.13 - $13,702  
   
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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$25,673 - $44,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 271

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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

  • 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.
  • Provide psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.

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Popular Skills for Community Health Worker


Community Health Workers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 9 percent and 12 percent. Oral / Verbal Communication and Public Health Education, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Case Management also know 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 for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $39K.

Community Health Worker Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Community Health Worker

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.
062
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Community Health Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Community Health Worker Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 12%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 10%

Health Education
up arrow 9%


Bilingual
up arrow 4%

Community Health
0%

National Average
$33,000

Public Health Education
up arrow 13%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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