Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

21-1022 Healthcare Social Workers

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.


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)
141,830 0.9 % $25.25 $52,520 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.28 $19.16 $24.44 $30.22 $36.12
Annual Wage (2) $31,790 $39,840 $50,820 $62,860 $75,140


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40,710 0.77 $27.91 $58,050
Home Health Care Services 16,770 1.38 $27.59 $57,380
Individual and Family Services 16,180 1.15 $20.69 $43,040
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 15,480 0.93 $22.55 $46,910
Outpatient Care Centers 8,650 1.29 $25.40 $52,840

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 16,770 1.38 $27.59 $57,380
Outpatient Care Centers 8,650 1.29 $25.40 $52,840
Individual and Family Services 16,180 1.15 $20.69 $43,040
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,390 1.04 $25.63 $53,320
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,330 1.02 $23.38 $48,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores (8) (8) $35.02 $72,840
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,040 0.85 $29.94 $62,280
Employment Services 1,030 0.03 $28.90 $60,100
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 440 0.05 $28.85 $60,000
Insurance Carriers 1,220 0.10 $28.37 $59,010


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 13,260 0.90 0.84 $31.64 $65,810
New York 11,150 1.29 1.21 $27.59 $57,390
Massachusetts 10,430 3.20 2.99 $27.20 $56,570
Texas 8,410 0.77 0.72 $26.59 $55,310
Pennsylvania 8,040 1.43 1.34 $22.91 $47,650




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)
Massachusetts 10,430 3.20 2.99 $27.20 $56,570
Missouri 4,910 1.86 1.74 $21.17 $44,040
Mississippi 1,620 1.50 1.40 $21.00 $43,690
Pennsylvania 8,040 1.43 1.34 $22.91 $47,650
New Mexico 1,100 1.41 1.32 $23.72 $49,340




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 440 0.66 0.62 $32.88 $68,380
California 13,260 0.90 0.84 $31.64 $65,810
Nevada 650 0.56 0.53 $31.11 $64,710
Connecticut 2,100 1.28 1.20 $30.10 $62,600
Rhode Island 460 1.00 0.93 $29.34 $61,030





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 6,860 1.31 1.22 $29.67 $61,720
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,390 2.51 2.34 $28.65 $59,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,740 0.94 0.88 $30.90 $64,280
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,180 1.73 1.62 $24.45 $50,860
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,760 0.75 0.70 $24.42 $50,790
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,440 1.89 1.77 $21.91 $45,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,910 1.07 1.00 $25.24 $52,500
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,880 1.47 1.38 $28.15 $58,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,860 0.81 0.75 $23.62 $49,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,710 0.95 0.89 $25.44 $52,910