The department of children and families, or DCF, also known as the department of social services or department of human services in certain states, is the agency responsible for assisting families that need to improve their situation. DCF social workers deal with a variety of issues, ranging from child neglect and domestic violence to adoption and foster care. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which monitors wage and employment data for the United States Department of Labor, child, family and school social workers need at least a bachelor's degree for entry-level positions.
Salary Statistics — Nationwide
Nationwide, the mean annual salary for DCF workers as of May 2010 was $43,850, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ten percent earned $26,170 or less, and 10 percent earned $68,030 or more
Salary Statistics — By Type of Government
DCF workers who were employees of a state government earned an average salary of $43,500 annually, according to the May 2010 data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Local governments offered a significantly higher average salary at $49,060.
Salary Statistics — State Information
The five states with the highest mean salaries for DCF workers as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, were Connecticut, New Jersey, Minnesota, Hawaii and Rhode Island. The average salaries in these states were, respectively, $61,310, $56,420, $55,310, $54,340 and $54,120. Mean salaries were lowest in West Virginia, where DCF workers averaged $30,220 annually, and Mississippi, with a mean salary of $31,620. In South Carolina, the average annual salary was $32,530, and in Idaho, it was $34,830. DCF workers earned an average of $34,910 annually in Missouri and $35,050 in Oklahoma.
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Salary Statistics — Cities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2010, DCF workers earned the highest average salary — $66,030 — in the Nassau-Suffolk metropolitan area of New York. In Waterbury, Connecticut, the mean salary was $65,770. In California, the highest average salary was $61,920 in the greater Oakland-Hayward-Fremont area. Mean salaries in the Hartford and Danbury metropolitan areas of Connecticut were $61,620 and $61,100, respectively. DCF workers in the Poughkeepsie-Middletown, New York, metropolitan area averaged $60,610, which was slightly more than the mean salary in the greater Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford area of Connecticut, where DCF workers averaged $60,570. In the Kenosha and Lake County area encompassing parts of Illinois and Wisconsin, the average annual salary was $60,280. DCF workers in New Haven, Connecticut, earned an average of $59,550; they averaged $58,750 in Bakersfield, California.
Salary Statistics — Rural Areas
The May 2010 data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that most DCF workers were employed in metropolitan areas. Among those in nonmetropolitan areas, workers in northwestern Connecticut earned a mean annual salary of $67,350, while those in eastern Connecticut earned an average of $65,350. In California's Mother Lode Region, the average salary was $61,920; it was $56,720 in South Illinois. In the nonmetropolitan areas of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui, the annual mean salary was $56,170.