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Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for community health workers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 43,528 community health workers currently employed in the United States.
  • 76.5% of all community health workers are women, while 23.5% are men.
  • The average age of an employed community health worker is 42 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of community health workers is White (59.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (21.8%) and Black or African American (8.2%).
  • The majority of community health workers are located in Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.
  • Community health workers are paid an average annual salary of $38,659.
  • Community health workers average starting salary is $28,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 99% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid community health workers earn as much as $53,000 or more.
  • 10% of all community health workers are LGBT.
  • Community health workers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Community Health Worker Statistics By Gender

Among community health workers, 76.5% of them are women compared to 23.5% which are men.

  • Female, 76.5%
  • Male, 23.5%

Community Health Workers By Gender

Gender  Percentages  
Female76.5%
Male23.5%

Gender Pay Gap For Community Health Worker

Women Earn 99¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$39,824
female-income
Female Income
$39,621

Community Health Worker Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the community health worker position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Community Health Worker Gender By Year

Year  Male  Female  
201025.26%74.74%
201122.03%77.97%
201223.44%76.56%
201325.14%74.86%
201424.48%75.52%
201520.52%79.48%
201622.79%77.21%
201726.86%73.14%
201825.58%74.42%
201925.17%74.83%

Community Health Worker Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, public health worker and rehabilitation engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Breastfeeding Educator2%98%
Certified Lactation Counselor3%97%
Lactation Specialist5%95%
Community Health Worker23%77%
Donation Worker70%30%
Rehabilitation Engineer70%30%
Public Health Worker81%19%

Community Health Worker Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among community health workers is White, which makes up 59.6% of all community health workers. Comparatively, there are 21.8% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 8.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 59.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 21.8%
  • Black or African American, 8.2%
  • Asian, 5.7%
  • Unknown, 2.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.3%

Community Health Worker Race

Community Health Worker Race  Percentages  
White59.6%
Hispanic or Latino21.8%
Black or African American8.2%
Asian5.7%
Unknown2.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native2.3%

Community Health Worker Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among community health workers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Community Health Worker Race By Year

Year  White  Black or African American  Asian  Hispanic or Latino  
201062.91%10.89%4.30%17.93%
201161.32%12.15%4.67%18.06%
201258.87%11.60%4.93%19.25%
201359.48%10.00%4.62%20.90%
201457.73%11.47%5.25%20.86%
201559.83%10.72%6.02%19.57%
201658.47%9.41%6.22%21.00%
201758.49%10.45%5.03%22.21%
201861.65%10.56%4.49%18.57%
201959.59%8.19%5.72%21.77%

Community Health Worker Wage Gap By Race

Asian community health workers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White community health workers have the lowest average salary at $38,558.
$44,000
$43,000
$42,000
$41,000
$40,000
$39,000
$38,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$39,170
White$38,558
Black or African American$39,156
Asian$42,671
Hispanic or Latino$39,057

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Average Age of a Community Health Worker

We determined the average age of community health workers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Community Health Worker Age By Race

Race  Male Age  Female Age  
Black or African American44.542
Unknown39
Asian37
Hispanic or Latino3636.5
White4242
American Indian and Alaska Native35

Community Health Worker Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of community health worker employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of community health workers is 40+ years old, which represents 54% of the population.

20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Community Health Worker Age

Community Health Worker Years  Percentages  
20-30 years20%
30-40 years27%
40+ years54%

Types of Community Health Worker Degree Levels

The most common degree for community health workers is bachelor's degree 60% of community health workers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 16% and rounding it off is master's degree with 12%.

  • Bachelors, 60%
  • Associate, 16%
  • Masters, 12%
  • High School Diploma, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Community Health Workers By Education

Community Health Worker Degree  Percentages  
Bachelors60%
Associate16%
Masters12%
High School Diploma6%
Other Degrees6%

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Community Health Worker Wage Gap By Education

Community health workers with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $43,683 annually. With a Bachelors degree, community health workers earn a median annual income of $39,621 compared to $37,744 for community health workers with an Associate degree.
$45,000
$43,000
$41,000
$39,000
$37,000
$35,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$36,173
Master's Degree$43,683
Bachelor's Degree$39,621
Some College/ Associate Degree$37,744

Community Health Worker Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ community health workers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most community health workers is the non profits industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire community health workers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Community Health Worker Jobs By Employer Size

Company Size  Percentages  
< 50 employees6%
50 - 100 employees6%
100 - 500 employees11%
500 - 1,000 employees19%
1,000 - 10,000 employees41%
> 10,000 employees16%

The Types Of Companies Community Health Worker Work In

Employees with the community health worker job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most community health workers prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Community Health Worker Jobs By Sector

Company Type  Percentages  
Education23%
Public13%
Private46%
Government18%

Top Industries Hiring Community Health Workers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ community health workers. Those industries include non profits, health care and government.

Health Care

Education

Government

Non Profits

Fortune 500

Community Health Worker Turnover And Employment Statistics

Community Health Worker Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of community health workers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Community Health Worker Unemployment Rate By Year

Year  Community Health Worker Unemployment Rate  
20106.67%
20115.73%
20127.54%
20136.55%
20145.84%
20155.71%
20165.17%
20175.23%
20185.73%
20193.88%

The Average Number of Years That Community Health Worker Stay in a Job

By looking over 3,391 community health workers resumes, we figured out that the average community health worker enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 31%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Community Health Worker Tenure

Number or Years  Percentages  
Less than 1 year24%
1-2 years31%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years22%
8-10 years6%
11+ years5%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Community Health Workers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to community health workers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Student Development Advisor8.30%105,133
Community Health Worker9.53%
Travelers' Aid Worker13.09%45,845
Anger Control Counselor13.47%58,069
Welfare Adviser14.20%11,336
Nephrology Social Worker19.71%43,290
Play Therapist22.96%23,449

Community Health Worker LGBT Demographics

Profession  Percentages of LGBT   Job Openings  
Student Development Advisor8.30%105,133
Travelers' Aid Worker13.09%45,845
Anger Control Counselor13.47%58,069
Welfare Adviser14.20%11,336
Nephrology Social Worker19.71%43,290
Play Therapist22.96%23,449

Foreign Languages Spoken By Community Health Workers

The most common foreign language among community health workers is Spanish at 71.7%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.0% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 2.7%.

  • Spanish, 71.7%
  • French, 7.0%
  • Portuguese, 2.7%
  • Cantonese, 2.3%
  • Hindi, 1.9%
  • Other, 14.4%

Community Health Worker Languages Spoken

Foreign Language  Percentages  
Spanish71.7%
French7.0%
Portuguese2.7%
Cantonese2.3%
Hindi1.9%
Other14.4%

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Community Health Worker Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a community health worker can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of community health workers is $39,902. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Community Health Workers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where community health workers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Community Health Workers Located?

By looking through more than 3,391 resumes, we found that the most popular places for community health workers are Philadelphia, PA and New York, NY.

Number of Community Health Workers

Where Are Community Health Workers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country community health workers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings