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Community Health Worker Demographics in the US

The average employee age for community health workers is 41 years. The community health worker workforce reached a whopping 43,528 in 2020!

Among community health workers, we discovered that 70.6% of them are women, while 23.7% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among community health workers is White, which makes up 64.5% of all community health workers. Comparatively, there are 16.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of community health workers are located in PA, Philadelphia and NY, New York.

Community Health Worker Statistics and Facts in the US

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.
  • 70.6% of all community health workers are women, while only 23.7% are men.
  • The average age of an employed community health worker is 41 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of community health workers is White (64.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (16.9%) and Black or African American (9.9%).
  • The majority of community health workers are located in PA, Philadelphia and NY, New York.
  • Community health workers are most in-demand in Boston, MA.
  • Community health workers are paid an average annual salary of $31,324.
  • Santa Rosa, CA pays an annual average wage of $46,701, the highest in the US.
  • Community health workers average starting salary is $22,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid community health workers earn as much as $44,000 or more.
  • South Dakota is the best state for community health workers to live.
  • Community health workers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Community Health Worker Statistics by Race

The most common ethnicity among community health workers is White, which makes up 64.5% of all community health workers. Comparatively, there are 16.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 9.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 64.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 16.8%
  • Black or African American, 9.9%
  • Asian, 4.2%
  • Unknown, 2.4%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 2.2%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Community Health Workers

The chart below shows that 71.7% of community health workers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 7.0% and Portuguese is the third-most popular at 2.7%.

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

Types of Community Health Worker Degree Levels

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for community health workers. The most common degree for community health workers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 51% of community health workers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 13% and rounding it off is master's degree with 10%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 51%
  • Associate degree, 13%
  • Masters degree, 10%
  • High School Diploma degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 21%

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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 health care industry.

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

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.

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Public

Government

Private

Education

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 health care, non profits and education.

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Health Care

Non Profits

Education

Fortune 500

Professional

Community Health Worker Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as community health workers. Keep reading to find out what the results for community health workers were.

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 2008-2018 among community health workers.

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

Community Health Worker Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
38%
35%
32%
30%
27%
24%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

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

Average Age of a Community Health Worker Based On Race And Gender

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

Male
Female

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

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 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

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 donation worker have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Certified Lactation Counselor4%88%
Lactation Specialist7%89%
Family Preservation Caseworker10%88%
Community Health Worker24%71%
Rehabilitation Engineer64%31%
Donation Worker66%34%
Public Health Worker75%20%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Public Health Worker
Donation Worker
Rehabilitation Engineer
Community Health Worker
Family Preservation Caseworker
Lactation Specialist
Certified Lactation Counselor
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Youth Ministry Director3.90%
Prior7.25%
Chaplain11.29%
Community Health Worker12.63%
Primary Counselor21.06%
Dialysis Social Worker23.54%

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Community Health Worker Gender Pay Gap

male-income
Male Income
$34,633
female-income
Female Income
$33,082

Community Health Worker Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that Hispanic or Latino men and White men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$35,395
$34,881
$34,367
$33,853
$33,339
$32,824
$32,310
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Community Health Worker Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
High School Diploma or Less$30,370
Bachelor's Degree$33,319
Some College/ Associate Degree$33,321
Doctorate Degree$35,011
Master's Degree$35,757

Community Health Worker Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$37,217
$35,757
$34,298
$32,838
$31,379
$29,919
$28,460
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

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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 $32,331. 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 PA, Philadelphia and NY, New York.

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