What does a Community Support Specialist do?

Community support specialists create programs that provide public assistance to community members in need, including childcare service programs for the mentally ill. They strive to help and empower vulnerable community members to develop themselves and improve their lives. They are a resource for individuals interested in seeking emergency assistance, housing, financial help, or other forms of public health, and provide information and assistance.

Community support specialists accompany clients to medical appointments and community activities, and interview potential clients and family members using the information to compile a file related to their backgrounds. Community support specialists follow up on meetings and community activities and offer advice or information regarding resources including proper financial management or childcare services. Community support specialists play a vital role as members of an action team and need an associate's degree or higher in communications, social work, or related fields.

Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Community Support Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$54,298 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $54K
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Community Support Specialist Career Path

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Community Support Specialist Insights

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Avon and Somerset ConstabularyAvon and Somerset Constabulary
Police Community Support Officer
Oct. 10, 2019

“The pay is good as a PCSO considering you don't have loads of responsibility.”

The SAFE Alliance (TX)The SAFE Alliance (TX)
Community Resource Advocate
Jan. 6, 2021

“The pay isn't the best especially for living in a rapidly growing expensive city.”

Arcane HorizonArcane Horizon
Community Support Worker
Apr. 21, 2021

“Good and understanding management.”

Community Support Specialist
Sep. 30, 2019

“Was my first job coming out of college and was a good learning experience”

Camphill Village TrustCamphill Village Trust
Community Support Worker
Mar. 15, 2021

“I had the best manager here I've ever had the pleasure working with but unfortunately he left.”

Kaiser Permanente Washington
Community Resource Specialist
Nov. 15, 2021

“Dead end role with no management advocacy to move on and advance career.”

Maxim Healthcare GroupMaxim Healthcare Group
Community Living Specialist
Jan. 13, 2020

“Good pay and schedule.”

BJC HealthCareBJC HealthCare
Community Support Specialist
Jul. 22, 2021

“Keep in mind this was my first professional job out of college and they expected me to know everything with little training.”

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