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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$21,480
25th Percentile Wage
$26,130
50th Percentile Wage
$33,120
75th Percentile Wage
$41,910
90th Percentile Wage
$53,380

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 $53,380. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $33,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,480. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 148% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of social and human service assistants from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$33,120
3.96% 12.89%
2016
$31,810
3.08% -
2015
$30,830
3.37% -
2014
$29,790
1.88% -
2013
$29,230
1.30% -
2012
$28,850
- -

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

The average salaries of social and human service assistants in 15 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 wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $49,680. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $26,140).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$49,680
Construction
$44,550
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,850
Finance and Insurance
$39,770
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,600
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$35,970
Information
$35,370
Educational Services
$34,960
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$34,430
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$33,980
Health Care and Social Assistance
$31,350
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$31,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,340
Retail Trade
$26,320
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,140

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 $22,790 to $42,370. The highest paying state for social and human service assistants is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $42,370. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,790. 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
$42,370
California
$40,450
Connecticut
$38,010
Washington
$37,760
Oregon
$36,420
Alaska
$36,400
Colorado
$34,600
Maine
$34,580
Nevada
$34,530
New York
$34,450
Hawaii
$34,430
Minnesota
$34,430
North Dakota
$34,230
New Jersey
$33,960
Vermont
$33,630
Pennsylvania
$33,630
Idaho
$33,610
Texas
$33,580
Rhode Island
$33,400
Kansas
$33,310
Wyoming
$33,100
Wisconsin
$32,860
New Mexico
$32,810
Maryland
$32,790
Delaware
$32,360
Tennessee
$32,140
Iowa
$32,090
Florida
$31,980
Ohio
$31,420
Massachusetts
$30,470
New Hampshire
$30,400
Virginia
$30,040
Arizona
$29,960
Illinois
$29,600
Indiana
$29,600
Guam
$29,460
West Virginia
$29,110
North Carolina
$28,700
Virgin Islands
$27,870
Michigan
$27,770
Arkansas
$27,760
Louisiana
$27,750
Kentucky
$27,430
Montana
$27,110
Georgia
$27,080
Oklahoma
$26,940
Missouri
$26,290
South Carolina
$26,000
Alabama
$25,860
Mississippi
$25,720
Utah
$25,520
Nebraska
$25,210
South Dakota
$23,910
Puerto Rico
$22,790



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