Social & human service assistants

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Total Workforce
240k
Average Age
41.5
Average Salary
$39,040
Average Male Salary
$42,692
Average Female Salary
$38,046

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 Business, professional, political, & similar organizations. Social & human service assistants are paid most in Middlesex County PUMA, CT but are relatively concentrated in Herkimer (North & Central) & Oneida (Outer) Counties PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,040
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,933

In 2018, Social & human service assistants earned an average of $39,040, $14,848 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Miscellaneous life, physical, & social science technicians, including social science research assistants make somewhat more than Social & human service assistants while Miscellaneous metal workers & plastic workers, including multiple machine tool setters 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

0.356
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Social & human service assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.356, 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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Industries by Share

240k
2018 Workforce
± 12,010
14.1%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.43%

The number of people employed as Social & human service assistants has been growing at a rate of 14.1%, from 210,133 people in 2017 to 239,662 people in 2018.

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  27.8%, followed by Civic, social, advocacy organizations, & grantmaking & giving services with 12% and Administration of human resource programs with 8.48%.

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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 40.3 and of female Social & human service assistants is 41.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Social & human service assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

51.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,559
188k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 10,649

78.6% 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)

51.2% of Social & human service assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 22.2% 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

40.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.6
41.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.778

The median age of Social & human service assistants is 41.5, and Male employees are generally 1.55 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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