Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
110,010 1.5 % $21.36 $44,420 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.33 $15.46 $19.70 $25.88 $33.32
Annual Wage (2) $25,650 $32,160 $40,970 $53,830 $69,290


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 22,570 3.36 $20.38 $42,380
Individual and Family Services 17,800 1.27 $20.01 $41,610
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,300 2.42 $18.14 $37,740
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,910 0.22 $23.25 $48,360
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,860 4.30 $23.96 $49,830

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 9,860 4.30 $23.96 $49,830
Outpatient Care Centers 22,570 3.36 $20.38 $42,380
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,300 2.42 $18.14 $37,740
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,820 1.94 $18.12 $37,680
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,060 1.31 $17.77 $36,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 420 0.03 $29.85 $62,090
Elementary and Secondary Schools 740 0.01 $28.04 $58,320
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $27.83 $57,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 330 0.14 $25.60 $53,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,570 0.11 $24.54 $51,040


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 11,210 0.76 0.92 $24.24 $50,420
New York 10,340 1.20 1.44 $25.87 $53,800
Pennsylvania 9,800 1.75 2.10 $18.87 $39,240
Ohio 6,050 1.18 1.42 $19.40 $40,350
Massachusetts 5,440 1.67 2.01 $23.00 $47,840




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 840 2.83 3.41 $19.65 $40,870
Maine 1,550 2.65 3.20 $24.71 $51,390
Pennsylvania 9,800 1.75 2.10 $18.87 $39,240
Massachusetts 5,440 1.67 2.01 $23.00 $47,840
Alaska 460 1.42 1.72 $20.77 $43,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 2,110 1.29 1.56 $27.76 $57,740
Wisconsin 1,610 0.59 0.72 $27.07 $56,300
New Hampshire 310 0.50 0.61 $26.97 $56,100
New Jersey 2,320 0.61 0.73 $26.14 $54,360
District of Columbia 480 0.72 0.87 $26.11 $54,310





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 6,130 1.17 1.41 $26.73 $55,600
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,210 0.81 0.97 $25.04 $52,080
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,650 1.44 1.74 $20.48 $42,590
Pittsburgh, PA 2,650 2.34 2.82 $19.69 $40,950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,280 1.30 1.57 $24.01 $49,940
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.58 0.69 $18.67 $38,820
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,570 1.27 1.53 $26.41 $54,940
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,500 0.84 1.02 $16.21 $33,710
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,390 1.09 1.31 $21.85 $45,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.58 0.70 $26.65 $55,440




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)
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 810 19.72 23.77 $19.20 $39,940
St. George, UT 230 4.59 5.53 $17.50 $36,410
Bangor, ME 280 4.37 5.27 $21.71 $45,150
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 160 3.44 4.15 $30.64 $63,740
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 220 3.42 4.13 $17.01 $35,380
Pueblo, CO 170 3.03 3.65 $20.39 $42,420
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 180 2.99 3.60 $16.00 $33,270
Barnstable Town, MA 280 2.90 3.50 $17.96 $37,360
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA 620 2.85 3.44 $16.92 $35,200
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME 540 2.75 3.32 $23.82 $49,550