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Social and Human Service Assistant Salary Information

The salary statistics of social and human service assistants are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of social and human service assistants within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The social and human service assistants annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Social and Human Service Assistant Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,800
25th Percentile Wage
$25,350
50th Percentile Wage
$31,810
75th Percentile Wage
$40,030
90th Percentile Wage
$50,640

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social and human service assistants. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) social and human service assistants is $50,640. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $31,810. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,800. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 143% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of social and human service assistants from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201631,8103.08%9.31%
201530,8303.37%-
201429,7901.88%-
201329,2301.30%-
201228,850--

Table 2. Social and Human Service Assistant Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of social and human service assistants in 13 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for social and human service assistants occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $43,650. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $23,240).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$43,650
Finance and Insurance
$39,440
Federal, State, and Local Government
$37,410
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$36,190
Information
$35,370
Educational Services
$33,850
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$32,920
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$32,290
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$32,200
Health Care and Social Assistance
$30,100
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,850
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,140
Retail Trade
$23,240

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Social and Human Service Assistants by States

From the above tables we note that not only social and human service assistants salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of social and human service assistants in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,380 to $39,780. The highest paying state for social and human service assistants is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $39,780. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,380. For more salary information of social and human service assistants profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$39,780
Connecticut
$37,590
California
$37,590
Nevada
$35,580
Washington
$35,500
Oregon
$35,380
New Jersey
$34,750
New York
$34,390
Hawaii
$34,080
Alaska
$33,530
Colorado
$33,420
Maryland
$33,340
North Dakota
$33,230
Idaho
$33,220
Maine
$33,200
Texas
$32,450
Kansas
$32,410
New Mexico
$32,400
Vermont
$32,040
Delaware
$31,980
Minnesota
$31,700
Rhode Island
$31,640
Wisconsin
$31,610
Wyoming
$31,590
Pennsylvania
$31,420
Massachusetts
$31,250
Illinois
$30,540
Iowa
$30,450
Tennessee
$30,150
Ohio
$30,040
Virginia
$30,020
Florida
$30,000
New Hampshire
$29,910
Guam
$29,430
Indiana
$28,860
West Virginia
$28,720
Arizona
$28,670
North Carolina
$28,270
Virgin Islands
$27,830
Kentucky
$27,660
Alabama
$27,450
Missouri
$27,400
Louisiana
$27,400
Oklahoma
$27,040
Michigan
$26,870
Georgia
$26,660
Arkansas
$26,550
Utah
$25,580
Nebraska
$25,070
Montana
$25,030
South Carolina
$24,770
Mississippi
$24,160
South Dakota
$23,300
Puerto Rico
$22,380



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