Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

21-1023 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
119,960 1.6 % $20.13 $41,880 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.12 $14.84 $18.56 $24.24 $30.51
Annual Wage (2) $25,210 $30,870 $38,600 $50,420 $63,460


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 23,560 3.98 $19.18 $39,900
Individual and Family Services 20,130 1.66 $18.82 $39,150
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,490 2.92 $17.00 $35,360
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,710 0.23 $22.69 $47,200
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 10,360 4.29 $23.21 $48,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 10,360 4.29 $23.21 $48,280
Outpatient Care Centers 23,560 3.98 $19.18 $39,900
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,490 2.92 $17.00 $35,360
Other Residential Care Facilities 3,760 2.32 $17.56 $36,520
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 3,230 2.29 $16.13 $33,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 130 0.05 $28.36 $58,990
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,490 0.13 $24.29 $50,530
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 220 0.01 $23.72 $49,340
State Government (OES Designation) 5,130 0.22 $23.54 $48,960
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 5,400 0.81 $23.23 $48,310


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 10,880 1.30 1.38 $23.63 $49,150
California 10,650 0.76 0.81 $22.86 $47,550
Pennsylvania 9,380 1.71 1.81 $19.30 $40,150
Ohio 5,790 1.18 1.25 $18.69 $38,880
Florida 5,040 0.71 0.75 $17.11 $35,590




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 850 2.95 3.13 $17.50 $36,410
Maine 1,490 2.58 2.74 $20.62 $42,900
Rhode Island 1,120 2.50 2.64 $25.97 $54,010
New Mexico 1,810 2.33 2.47 $20.39 $42,410
West Virginia 1,320 1.93 2.04 $15.55 $32,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,430 0.38 0.40 $27.51 $57,230
Rhode Island 1,120 2.50 2.64 $25.97 $54,010
District of Columbia 780 1.21 1.29 $25.70 $53,450
Connecticut 2,770 1.73 1.84 $24.84 $51,660
New York 10,880 1.30 1.38 $23.63 $49,150

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,000 1.41 1.49 $24.48 $50,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,060 1.06 1.13 $22.54 $46,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,340 1.85 1.96 $20.20 $42,010
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,870 0.81 0.86 $20.39 $42,410
Pittsburgh, PA 2,040 1.87 1.98 $20.51 $42,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,860 1.10 1.17 $20.24 $42,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,700 1.02 1.08 $24.46 $50,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.69 0.73 $27.57 $57,350
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,410 1.19 1.26 $16.70 $34,740
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,410 0.84 0.89 $22.09 $45,950




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Bedford, MA 480 7.75 8.21 $15.92 $33,110
Bangor, ME 350 5.68 6.02 $20.60 $42,850
Pocatello, ID 190 5.63 5.96 $15.44 $32,120
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 230 4.99 5.28 $18.82 $39,140
Pueblo, CO 230 4.11 4.35 $19.10 $39,730
Elmira, NY 150 4.02 4.26 $22.12 $46,000
Danville, IL 100 3.70 3.92 $12.82 $26,670
Lynchburg, VA 340 3.44 3.64 $18.13 $37,720
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 320 3.26 3.45 $19.20 $39,930
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 220 3.13 3.32 $14.86 $30,910




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Lebanon, PA 50 1.00 1.06 $31.28 $65,050
Danbury, CT 50 0.80 0.85 $29.85 $62,090
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 190 0.89 0.94 $28.98 $60,280
Utica-Rome, NY 220 1.81 1.92 $28.07 $58,380
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $27.96 $58,160
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 240 0.25 0.27 $27.84 $57,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,580 0.69 0.73 $27.57 $57,350
Norwich-New London, CT-RI 170 1.28 1.35 $27.54 $57,280
Rochester, MN (8) (8) (8) $27.53 $57,260
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 250 0.50 0.53 $27.47 $57,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 600 9.30 9.85 $21.29 $44,290
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 470 4.24 4.49 $11.14 $23,170
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 440 9.52 10.08 $9.96 $20,710
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 430 2.71 2.87 $15.57 $32,390
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 430 2.29 2.43 $21.07 $43,830

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pee Dee South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 440 9.52 10.08 $9.96 $20,710
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 600 9.30 9.85 $21.29 $44,290
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 470 4.24 4.49 $11.14 $23,170
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 240 3.34 3.54 $15.36 $31,950
Northwestern Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 120 3.32 3.52 $22.93 $47,690

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 0.61 $29.49 $61,340
East Central New York nonmetropolitan area 50 1.60 1.69 $28.58 $59,440
Upper Eastern Shore nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 0.51 $27.34 $56,880
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.73 0.77 $25.85 $53,770
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.02 1.08 $25.12 $52,250


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011