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CWLA Releases Workforce Study

3/29/2006:   CWLA's popular child welfare workforce Salary Study is now available on CWLA's members-only website, or may be purchased from CWLA Publications. Published every two years, the survey marks trends concerning the child welfare workforce. For more than 20 years, the study has provided information about average salaries, broken down by such categories as chief administrators, public and private; child protective services workers; residential workers; child day care staff; and research.

The survey covers education levels for the same categories of workers. The starting salary for a child protective service worker with a college degree working for a public agency ranged from a low of $24,410 to a high of $42,468. For private agencies, this range was $22,000-$65,981. For residential child and youth workers with college degrees, starting salaries ranged from $14,560 to $43,835, in public agencies. Private agencies in the same category had a starting salary range of $12,500-$33,177.

For child day care workers, the starting salary range for lead teachers was $16,000-$46,685. The survey also includes data on benefits structures and staffing level information.

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