Community Support Specialist Salary

Community Support Specialists in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $31K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of Community Support Specialists do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The vast majority (83 percent) of Community Support Specialists who took the survey are female. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,923 - $41,274

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$9.65 - $17.59

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$23,923 - $41,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,555  
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$21,596 - $40,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.65 - $17.59  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $25.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,555  
   
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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$21,596 - $40,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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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Typical Community Support Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication. Many workers who know Case Management also know Counseling.

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
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Community Support Specialist Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 8%


National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%
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