Community Health Worker Salary

Median pay for Community Health Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.03 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.20 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.99. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Community Health Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Community Health Workers (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,254 - $47,930
(Median)
$26K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,541
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$11.20 - $19.99
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$11
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$26,254 - $47,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,813  
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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$24,347 - $44,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.20 - $19.99  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $32.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,813  
   
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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$24,347 - $44,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 217
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Community Health Worker

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


Community Health Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. Community Health Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $39K.

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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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Community Health Worker Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 17%

Community Outreach / Activism
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Case Management
0%

National Average
$32,000

Community Health
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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