Social and human service assistants
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Overview
Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for social and human service assistants are expected to grow by 16%, and should have about 55,700 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Social and human service assistants are less likely to be automated than 73% of other careers.
Workforce size
Social and human service assistants, with 389,800 workers, form a larger workforce than 89% of careers.
Education
Only 48% of social and human service assistants have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by social and human service assistants
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More social and human service assistants have bachelor's degrees than 68% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 78% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for social and human service assistants. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most social and human service assistants.
This job's median $34KAll jobs' median $39K$32K$38K20142015201620172018$0$10K$20K$30K$40K$50K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 77% of social and human service assistants -- that's a larger percentage than 88% of other jobs.
Gender of social and human service assistants
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For social and human service assistants, the median men's salary was 3% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 32% of social and human service assistants are minority, and 12% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of social and human service assistants
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (12%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Social and Human Service Assistants per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 56% of social and human service assistants, and 72% have company-sponsored health insurance (16% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for social and human service assistants
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 47% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of social and human service assistants who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (92%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (74%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (70%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (58%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (40%)
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People (38%)
  • Consequence of Error (34%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do social and human service assistants earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for social and human service assistants, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for social and human service assistants compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for social and human service assistants (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all social and human service assistants, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for social and human service assistants compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for social and human service assistants (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where social and human service assistants work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Social and human service assistants (ACS)
Private for-profit (22.9%)
Private not-for-profit (37.8%)
Local government (18.9%)
State government (14.7%)
Federal government (4.9%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.3%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.5%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of social and human service assistants by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of social and human service assistants by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for social and human service assistants

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Social and human service assistants and gender

With 77% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 88% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Social and human service assistants
Men (23%)
Women (77%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is better for social and human service assistants, with the median salary for men only 2.7% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Social and human service assistants have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 89% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of social and human service assistants

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority social and human service assistants than for 92% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of social and human service assistants
White (63% )
Black (22% )
Other (5% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
American Indian (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for social and human service assistants by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for social and human service assistants by nativity
$36K$37K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by social and human service assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), social and human service assistants typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as social and human service assistants as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for social and human service assistants.

Education attained by social and human service assistants
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for social and human service assistants

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is becoming more common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for social and human service assistants? Below we see the distribution of social and human service assistants salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as social and human service assistants, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$30K$31K$32K$32K$39K$48K$50K$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KNone (2%)High School (15%)Some College (24%)Associate's Degree (11%)Bachelor's Degree (34%)Master's Degree (12%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (0%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by social and human service assistants

This table shows the college majors held by people working as social and human service assistants. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Social and human service assistants with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
14.8%
$0$200K$53K
7.7%
$0$200K$48K
5.6%
$0$200K$54K
2.7%
$0$200K$56K
2.4%
$0$200K$63K
2.1%
$0$200K$51K
1.8%
$0$200K$63K
1.5%
$0$200K$50K
1.3%
$0$200K$60K
1.3%
$0$200K$60K
1.1%
$0$200K$73K
1.1%
$0$200K$55K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as social and human service assistants, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by social and human service assistants given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
CounselorsSocial workersElementary and middle school teachersPsychologistsManagers (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPhysicians and surgeonsHuman resources workersEducation administratorsSocial and community service managersTherapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersRegistered nursesPolice officersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesAccountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersManagement analystsPreschool and kindergarten teachersChildcare workersSocial and human service assistantsCustomer service representativesRetail salespersonsPsychologySocial WorkCriminal Justice and FireProtectionSociologyBusiness Management andAdministrationPolitical Science andGovernmentFamily and ConsumerSciencesHuman Services andCommunity OrganizationCommunicationsGeneral BusinessAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for social and human service assistants

What jobs will most social and human service assistants hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of social and human service assistants reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Social and human service assistantsSocial workersCounselorsPersonal care aidesNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesCommunity and Social Service SpecialistsSecretaries and administrative assistantsOffice and administrative support workersHuman resources workersReceptionists and information clerksSocial and community service managersRecreation and fitness workersCustomer service representativesElementary and middle school teachersManagers (specialized areas)Driver/sales workers and truck driversCompliance officersEligibility interviewers for government programs
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for social and human service assistants

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 11 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as social and human service assistants as well as 1% of respondents after working as social and human service assistants. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for social and human service assistants
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Personal care aides
418,400
$0$200K$22K
Secretaries and administrative assistants
395,200
$0$200K$36K
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
380,800
$0$200K$25K
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
Social workers
84,700
$0$200K$43K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Human resources workers
64,700
$0$200K$54K
Community and Social Service Specialists
31,300
$0$200K$42K
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
Eligibility interviewers for government programs
13,600
$0$200K$42K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for social and human service assistants: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as social and human service assistants? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of social and human service assistants surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for social and human service assistants
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Personal care aides
418,400
$0$200K$22K
1.6%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
395,200
$0$200K$36K
2.3%
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
380,800
$0$200K$25K
1.6%
Customer service representatives
373,800
$0$200K$32K
1.8%
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
2.7%
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
1.6%
Childcare workers
202,700
$0$200K$20K
1.7%
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
3.2%
Social workers
84,700
$0$200K$43K
9.9%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
1.4%
Human resources workers
64,700
$0$200K$54K
1.6%
Social and human service assistants
55,700
$0$200K$36K
19.6%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
1.0%
Lawyers, judges, and magistrates
44,000
$0$200K$93K
1.2%
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
1.1%
Community and Social Service Specialists
31,300
$0$200K$42K
1.8%
Claims adjusters and insurance appraisers
26,100
$0$200K$52K
1.0%
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
2.8%
Eligibility interviewers for government programs
13,600
$0$200K$42K
1.4%
No occupation
9.7%
Read about social and human service assistants
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Social and human service assistants typically do the following:

  • Help determine what type of aid their clients need
  • Work with clients and other professionals, such as social workers, to develop a treatment plan
  • Help clients find assistance with daily activities, such as eating and bathing
  • Research services, such as food stamps and Medicaid, that are available to clients
  • Coordinate services provided to clients
  • Help clients complete paperwork to apply for assistance programs
  • Check in with clients to ensure that services are provided appropriately

Social and human service assistants have many job titles, including case work aide, clinical social work aide, family service assistant, social work assistant, addictions counselor assistant, and human service worker.

Social and human service assistants help clients identify and obtain benefits and services. In addition to initially connecting clients with benefits or services, social and human service assistants may follow up with clients to ensure that they are receiving the intended services and that the services are meeting their needs. They work under the direction of social workers, psychologists, or other community and social service workers.

With children and families, social and human service assistants ensure that the children live in safe homes. They help parents get needed resources for their children, such as food stamps or childcare.

With the elderly, these workers help clients stay in their own homes and live under their own care whenever possible. Social and human service assistants may coordinate meal deliveries or find personal care aides to help with the clients’ day-to-day needs, such as running errands and bathing. In some cases, human service assistants help look for residential care facilities, such as nursing homes.

For people with disabilities, social and human service assistants help find rehabilitation services that aid their clients. They may work with employers to make a job more accessible to people with disabilities. Some workers find personal care services to help clients with daily living activities, such as bathing and making meals.

For people with addictions, human service assistants find rehabilitation centers that meet their clients’ needs. They also may find support groups for people who are dependent on alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other substances or behaviors.

With veterans, assistants help people who have been discharged from the military adjust to civilian life. They help with practical needs, such as locating housing and finding ways to apply skills gained in the military to civilian jobs. They may also help their clients navigate the services available to veterans.

For people with mental illnesses, social and human service assistants help clients find the appropriate resources to help them cope with their illness. They find self-help and support groups to provide their clients with an assistance network. In addition, they may find personal care services or group housing to help those with more severe mental illnesses care for themselves.

With immigrants, workers help clients adjust to living in a new country. They help the clients locate jobs and housing. They may also help them find programs that teach English, or they may find legal assistance to help immigrants get administrative paperwork in order.

With former prison inmates, human service assistants find job training or placement programs to help clients reenter society. Human service assistants help former inmates find housing and connect with programs that help them start a new life for themselves.

With homeless people, assistants help clients meet their basic needs. They find temporary or permanent housing for their clients and locate places, such as soup kitchens, that provide meals. Human service assistants also help homeless people find resources to address other problems they may have, such as joblessness.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of social and human service assistants? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.
Compassion
Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.
Interpersonal skills
Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.
Organizational skills
Social and human service assistants must often complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.
Problem-solving skills
Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.
Time-management skills
Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for social and human service assistants
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 78% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for social and human service assistants. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for social and human service assistants are anticipated to grow by 16% over the next decade; only 10% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for social and human service assistants is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most social and human service assistants? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as social and human service assistants. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Social and Human Service Assistants per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where social and human service assistants earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for social and human service assistants compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for social and human service assistants.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Social and Human Service Assistants to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which social and human service assistants earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Social and human service assistants (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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