U.S. Bureau of Labor Statics CHW Occupational Outlook

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Community Health Workers
Quick Facts: Community Health Workers
2022 Median Pay $46,190 per year
$22.21 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2022 67,200
Job Outlook, 2022-32 14% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2022-32 9,400

What Community Health Workers Do

Community health workers promote wellness by helping people adopt healthy behaviors. They implement programs and advocate for people who may have limited access to health resources and social services.

Work Environment

Community health workers are employed in a variety of settings, including hospitals, public health departments, and community-based organizations. Most work full time.

How to Become a Community Health Worker

To enter the occupation, community health workers typically need at least a high school diploma; some employers prefer to hire candidates who have postsecondary education. To attain competency, they typically complete a brief period of on-the-job training, and some states require certification.


The median annual wage for community health workers was $46,190 in May 2022.

Job Outlook

Employment of community health workers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

About 8,000 openings for community health workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

State & Area Data

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about community health workers by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.