Community Support Specialist Salary

Community Support Specialists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $32K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. There are far more female Community Support Specialists who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$24,371 - $44,925
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$24K
$32K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,914
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$9.89 - $17.46
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,371 - $44,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,056  
Total Pay (?
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$22,191 - $41,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $17.46  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $44.04  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,056  
   
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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$22,191 - $41,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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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Survey takers who work as Community Support Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Community Support Specialist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $30K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $33K. Community Support Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $34K by contrast.

Community Support Specialist Reviews

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 13%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Community Support Specialist Salaries


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 47 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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