Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

21-1093 Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care. Excludes "Rehabilitation Counselors" (21-1015), "Psychiatric Technicians" (29-2053), "Personal Care Aides" (39-9021), and "Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs" (43-4061).


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)
359,860 0.8 % $14.77 $30,710 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.22 $11.02 $13.82 $17.52 $21.98
Annual Wage (2) $19,180 $22,930 $28,740 $36,440 $45,710


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)
Individual and Family Services 82,930 6.64 $14.14 $29,410
State Government (OES Designation) 44,490 1.96 $17.03 $35,420
Local Government (OES Designation) 43,010 0.78 $16.97 $35,310
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 42,030 7.34 $12.37 $25,730
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 25,090 7.57 $13.02 $27,080

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 17,320 12.03 $13.38 $27,830
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 25,090 7.57 $13.02 $27,080
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 42,030 7.34 $12.37 $25,730
Other Residential Care Facilities 11,610 7.32 $12.73 $26,470
Social Advocacy Organizations 13,730 7.06 $15.46 $32,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 100 0.01 $23.75 $49,400
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,470 0.07 $21.14 $43,970
Other Information Services 60 0.04 $20.14 $41,890
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 690 0.07 $19.48 $40,510
Activities Related to Real Estate 150 0.03 $19.27 $40,090


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)
California 34,460 2.45 0.87 $17.12 $35,620
New York 33,150 3.93 1.40 $16.71 $34,760
Pennsylvania 19,790 3.57 1.27 $13.53 $28,140
Texas 19,440 1.89 0.67 $15.15 $31,510
Minnesota 17,200 6.63 2.36 $14.15 $29,430




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 2,140 7.36 2.62 $14.71 $30,590
Rhode Island 3,000 6.65 2.37 $14.16 $29,460
Minnesota 17,200 6.63 2.36 $14.15 $29,430
Maine 3,500 6.08 2.17 $13.78 $28,660
Utah 6,240 5.35 1.91 $11.80 $24,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,450 2.24 0.80 $21.95 $45,650
Connecticut 8,520 5.30 1.89 $18.53 $38,530
Alaska 1,070 3.40 1.21 $18.42 $38,320
California 34,460 2.45 0.87 $17.12 $35,620
Maryland 6,530 2.63 0.94 $16.77 $34,880





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 19,860 3.92 1.40 $16.87 $35,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,560 2.76 0.99 $17.34 $36,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,480 4.95 1.77 $14.58 $30,330
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,180 4.28 1.53 $16.23 $33,750
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,750 1.88 0.67 $15.24 $31,700
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,510 3.59 1.28 $14.30 $29,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 4,570 2.69 0.96 $14.30 $29,740
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,560 4.81 1.71 $15.27 $31,750
Pittsburgh, PA 4,320 3.88 1.38 $13.56 $28,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,290 1.93 0.69 $14.46 $30,070