Social & human service assistants

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Total Workforce

210k

Average Age

42.4

Estimated Job Growth

16.4%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$35,643

Average Male Salary

$38,659

Average Female Salary

$34,771

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Social & human service assistants and on wages and locations for those in the field. Individual & family services is the industry that employs the most Social & human service assistants, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Social & human service assistants, by average wage, is Administration of environmental quality & housing programs. Social & human service assistants are paid most in District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC but are relatively concentrated in Greenpoint & Williamsburg PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$35,643

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,421

In 2017, Social & human service assistants earned an average of $35,643, $16,421 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters make somewhat more than Social & human service assistants while Billing & posting clerks make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Social & human service assistants as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.321

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Social & human service assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.321, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Social & human service assistants (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Social & human service assistants.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Social & human service assistants.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Social & human service assistants, by number of employees, are Individual & family services, Civic, social, advocacy organizations, & grantmaking & giving services, and Administration of human resource programs.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Social & human service assistants, by average wage, are Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, Public finance activities, and National security & international affairs.

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Industries by Share

210k

2017 Workforce

± 11,246

3.91%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 7.36%

The number of people employed as Social & human service assistants has been growing at a rate of 3.91%, from 202,230 people in 2016 to 210,133 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Social & human service assistants employed by various industries. Individual & family services employs the largest share of Social & human service assistants at  29.1%, followed by Civic, social, advocacy organizations, & grantmaking & giving services with 9.73% and Administration of human resource programs with 7.15%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Social & human service assistants in the US. The average age of male Social & human service assistants in the workforce is 42 and of female Social & human service assistants is 42.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Social & human service assistants is White.

Gender Composition

47.1k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 5,330

163k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 9,906

77.6% of Social & human service assistants are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Social & human service assistants.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Social & human service assistants

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

63.3% of Social & human service assistants are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 23.3% of Social & human service assistants, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Social & human service assistants.

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Age by Gender

42

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 1.66

42.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.842

The median age of Social & human service assistants is 42.4, and Male employees are generally 0.486 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Social & human service assistants from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Social & human service assistants is Social Sciences but a relatively high number of Social & human service assistants hold a major in Public Administration and Social Service.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Social & human service assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social & human service assistants need many skills, but most especially Social Perceptiveness, Speaking, and Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Social & human service assistants need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Writing.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Social & human service assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Social & human service assistants are expected to see a growth of 16.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

16.4%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Social & human service assistants. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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