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How Much Do People With a Bachelor's in Human Services Make?

by Terri Williams

Students who major in human services can work in a variety of fields that help improve the quality of life for people who may be experiencing addictions and abuse, or they may provide corrective and rehabilitative services to those who have committed criminal offenses. The average median income for a bachelor’s degree in human services varies by the field they enter.

Average Annual Income

According to “What’s It Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors,” graduates with a bachelor’s degree in human services earned a median annual salary of $38,000. The report, published by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, revealed that annual salaries ranged from $27,000 to $85,000.

Social and Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers made $59,970, according to May 2012 salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Salaries ranged from $45,640 to $77,650. The federal executive branch paid the highest salary of $95,660 to social and community service managers, and Rhode Island paid the most on the state level at $81,370.

Probation Officers

Another career choice for holders of a bachelor’s degree in human services is a probation officer or correctional treatment specialist, which paid a median annual salary of $48,190, reports the BLS. Salaries ranged from $37,400 to $63,940. Those who worked for local governments earned the highest salary, which was an annual mean wage of $53,110. California led all states with the highest salary for probation officers, which was $75,370.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in human services can also choose a career as a substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor. According to the BLS, the median annual salary of substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was $38,520 with salaries ranging between $30,850 and $48,330. The top-paying industry for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was colleges, universities and professionals schools, which paid an annual mean wage of $55,320. The top-paying state for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors was Michigan, with an annual mean wage of $51,290.

About the Author

Terri Williams began writing professionally in 1997, working with a large nonprofit organization. Her articles have appeared in various online publications including Yahoo, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report University Directory, and the Center for Digital Ethics and Policy at Loyola University Chicago. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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