Community Support Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $12.99 per hour on average. While career duration and the individual firm impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Women make up the vast majority of Community Support Specialists (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$25,385 - $44,983
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$33K
$45K
MEDIAN: $32,572
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$9.80 - $17.64
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$25,385 - $44,983  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $4,027  
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$22,760 - $42,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $17.64  
   
Overtime
$12.82 - $22.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$195.74 - $4,027  
   
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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$22,760 - $42,336  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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Job Description for Community Support Specialist

A community support specialist is a person who typically provides services for families and individuals looking to improve their overall quality of life. This is typically a position which is associated within the social work field, and many specialists will be employed by a governmental agency regarding support services. A bachelor’s degree is generally required in a field such as social work, and organizations are increasingly asking for persons who have a relevant master’s degree. A community support specialist will sometimes work within an office environment, although some light travel may be required to clients’ homes or healthcare facilities. This position is full-time in nature, and some positions may require extended hours. This person will generally work independently, though some will work within a team of other specialists.

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Community Support Specialist Tasks

  • Monitor client symptoms and document progress and obstacles.
  • Work directly with clients to implement behaviors, utilize resources and implement treatment plans.
  • Assess client needs and identify strategies to increase their functionality and health.
  • Communicate with clients and families about current and desired states and outcomes.

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Pay by Experience Level for Community Support Specialist

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $29K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $33K. Community Support Specialists see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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What is it like working as a Community Support Specialist?

Community Support Specialist in Boston:
"Finding resources in the community for high risk patients."
Pros: Helping people stop the cycle of self harm.
Cons: The limited resource available.

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Experience Affects Community Support Specialist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Community Support Specialist Salaries

Case Management
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Counseling
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National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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