Child Protection Services workers are responsible for providing assistance to children who are either abused, abandoned or living in foster homes. In Texas, an estimated 16,570 people were employed as child, family and school social workers in 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
National Salary Scales
The average annual salary for CPS workers, on a national scale, was $43,540 per year in 2009, according to the BLS, with a median rate of $39,960 per year. The top 25 percent of earners had salaries that were greater than or equal to $52,410 per year, and the bottom 25 percent earned less than $31,950 per year.
Salaries in Texas
In 2009, the BLS estimated that CPS workers in Texas earned an average of $37,230 per year, a salary slightly below the national average. Within Texas, salaries were the highest in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area, at $41,510 per year. The lowest were in the College Station-Bryan area, averaging at $30,430 annually. According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, workers employed at levels "CPS Specialist II" to "CPS Specialist IV" have starting salaries of $2,689.43 to $3,029.64 per month as of 2011.
Qualifications and Training
All CPS workers require a bachelor's degree to gain entry to the field. Although not strictly necessary, those employed in the field of child protection services often hold a bachelor's degree in social work. Specialty training schemes are available for those who are new to the role. All CPS workers in Texas must possess a Texas driving license and must complete both a CPS history check and a criminal background check.
Advancement and Outlook
With enough experience, CPS workers may advance to become program managers or executive directors. Many social workers also branch out into other fields such as research or teaching. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated that the jobs available for CPS workers nationwide is expected to grow at an average rate of between 7 percent and 13 percent between 2008 and 2018, with a total of 109,600 new job openings by 2018.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009 - Child, Family, and School Social Workers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 - Social Workers
- ONET OnLine: Child, Family, and School Social Workers
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics Query System
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