Social & human service assistants

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2019 Workforce
235k
Average Age
41.4
Estimated Job Growth
16.8%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$37,114
Average Male Salary
$41,319
Average Female Salary
$35,901

About

Social & human service assistants are most often employed by the Individual & family services industry. The average yearly wage for Social & human service assistants was $37,114 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Social & human service assistants by wage are Plasterers & stucco masons, Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive, and Emergency medical technicians.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Social & human service assistants are Worcester City PUMA, MA, Portland City (East) PUMA, OR, and Beaver County (South) PUMA, PA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Social & human service assistants are Portland City (East) PUMA, OR, Greater Elmira & Greater Corning Cities PUMA, NY, and Worcester City PUMA, MA.

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 National security & international affairs. Social & human service assistants are paid most in Middlesex County PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Portland City (East) PUMA, OR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$37,114
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,295

In 2019, Social & human service assistants earned an average of $37,114, $18,410 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Emergency medical technicians make somewhat more than Social & human service assistants while Plasterers & stucco masons 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

0.338
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Social & human service assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.338, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Social & human service assistants

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 National security & international affairs, Banking & related activities, and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs.

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Industries by Share

235k
2019 Workforce
± 11,902
−1.8%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.25%

The number of people employed as Social & human service assistants has been declining at a rate of −1.8%, from 239,662 people in 2018 to 235,359 people in 2019.

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  30.7%, followed by Civic, social, advocacy organizations, & grantmaking & giving services with 8.64% and Administration of human resource programs with 8.43%.

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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 40.7 and of female Social & human service assistants is 41.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Social & human service assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

52.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,635
183k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 10,487

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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

48.2% of Social & human service assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 24.5% of Social & human service assistants, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

40.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.57
41.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.792

The median age of Social & human service assistants is 41.4, and Male employees are generally 0.977 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 Psychology 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 Speaking, Social Perceptiveness, 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 Persuasion.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Social and Human Service Assistants from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Social and Human Service Assistants are expected to see a growth of 16.8% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Social and Human Service Assistants.
16.8%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Social and Human Service Assistants. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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