Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
110,070 1.5 % $22.69 $47,190 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.61 $15.81 $20.28 $26.80 $35.26
Annual Wage (2) $26,230 $32,880 $42,170 $55,740 $73,330


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 24,430 3.31 $20.87 $43,420
Individual and Family Services 15,770 0.99 $21.12 $43,930
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 15,130 2.49 $19.93 $41,450
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,140 0.21 $23.83 $49,560
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,130 3.96 $25.73 $53,520

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 9,130 3.96 $25.73 $53,520
Outpatient Care Centers 24,430 3.31 $20.87 $43,420
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 15,130 2.49 $19.93 $41,450
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,270 1.47 $17.92 $37,280
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,020 1.24 $18.88 $39,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 6,450 0.80 $32.08 $66,730
Elementary and Secondary Schools 750 0.01 $27.42 $57,040
Home Health Care Services 450 0.03 $26.87 $55,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $26.16 $54,400
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 590 0.02 $25.91 $53,880


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 12,820 0.83 1.04 $29.15 $60,620
Pennsylvania 10,950 1.92 2.40 $18.33 $38,140
New York 10,730 1.19 1.50 $26.70 $55,530
Massachusetts 5,440 1.60 2.01 $22.82 $47,470
Ohio 5,380 1.02 1.28 $19.76 $41,090



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)
Maine 1,340 2.27 2.85 $28.27 $58,790
Vermont 600 1.98 2.48 $20.30 $42,230
Pennsylvania 10,950 1.92 2.40 $18.33 $38,140
Massachusetts 5,440 1.60 2.01 $22.82 $47,470
Alaska 470 1.44 1.80 $21.77 $45,280



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 1,840 0.47 0.59 $32.02 $66,590
Connecticut 2,050 1.24 1.55 $29.29 $60,920
California 12,820 0.83 1.04 $29.15 $60,620
Maine 1,340 2.27 2.85 $28.27 $58,790
New Hampshire 320 0.51 0.63 $28.04 $58,320




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,520 1.01 1.26 $28.77 $59,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,190 0.78 0.97 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,330 1.32 1.66 $25.67 $53,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,190 2.49 3.12 $19.78 $41,150
Pittsburgh, PA 2,020 1.78 2.23 $18.14 $37,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,820 0.97 1.22 $15.17 $31,550
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,660 1.64 2.06 $19.65 $40,880
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,600 0.45 0.56 (8) (8)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,360 1.07 1.34 $27.31 $56,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,360 0.72 0.91 $23.52 $48,930