Social & human service assistants

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
228k
Average Age
41.8
Estimated Job Growth
16.8%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$39,585
Average Male Salary
$43,060
Average Female Salary
$38,585

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 $39,585 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Social & human service assistants by wage are Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers, Jewelers & precious stone & metal workers, and Occupational therapy assistants & aides.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Social & human service assistants are Richmond City PUMA, VA, Minneapolis City (Southwest) PUMA, MN, and Belmont, Crotona Park East & East Tremont PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Social & human service assistants are Belmont, Crotona Park East & East Tremont PUMA, NY, Reading City PUMA, PA, and Aroostook & Washington Counties PUMA, ME.

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 Investigation & security services. Social & human service assistants are paid most in Sarasota County (North) PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in Belmont, Crotona Park East & East Tremont PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$39,585
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,744

In 2020, Social & human service assistants earned an average of $39,585, $16,369 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Carpet, floor, & tile installers & finishers make somewhat more than Social & human service assistants while Occupational therapy assistants & aides 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

0.346
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Social & human service assistants had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.346, 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

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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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Social & human service assistants, by average wage, are Investigation & security services, Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing, and Car Dealers.

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Industries by Share

228k
2020 Workforce
± 11,717
6.85%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 6.91%

The number of people employed as Social & human service assistants has been growing at a rate of 6.85%, from 213,506 people in 2019 to 228,132 people in 2020.

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  30.1%, followed by Civic, social, advocacy organizations, & grantmaking & giving services with 9.51% and Administration of human resource programs with 8.04%.

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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 41 and of female Social & human service assistants is 42.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Social & human service assistants is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

51k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 5,542
177k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 10,327

77.7% of Social & human service assistants are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

50.2% of Social & human service assistants are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 22.3% 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 Sex

41
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.57
42.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.798

The median age of Social & human service assistants is 41.8, and Male employees are generally 1.05 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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