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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

21-1093 Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist other social and human service providers 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" (31-1122), and "Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs" (43-4061).


National estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants
Industry profile for Social and Human Service Assistants
Geographic profile for Social and Human Service Assistants

National estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
399,920 1.1 % $ 18.38 $ 38,230 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.00 $ 14.05 $ 17.29 $ 21.68 $ 26.96
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,950 $ 29,220 $ 35,960 $ 45,100 $ 56,080


Industry profile for Social and Human Service Assistants: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Social and Human Service Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 120,480 4.71 $ 17.83 $ 37,080
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 46,700 0.86 $ 21.37 $ 44,460
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 39,910 1.81 $ 19.53 $ 40,620
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 30,450 4.82 $ 16.25 $ 33,810
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 25,510 14.01 $ 16.97 $ 35,290

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Social and Human Service Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 25,510 14.01 $ 16.97 $ 35,290
Social Advocacy Organizations 16,090 7.32 $ 19.07 $ 39,660
Other Residential Care Facilities 11,650 7.28 $ 16.03 $ 33,340
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 30,450 4.82 $ 16.25 $ 33,810
Individual and Family Services 120,480 4.71 $ 17.83 $ 37,080

Top paying industries for Social and Human Service Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 180 0.25 $ 26.07 $ 54,230
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,330 0.06 $ 24.07 $ 50,070
Insurance Carriers 880 0.07 $ 23.22 $ 48,290
Grantmaking and Giving Services 5,100 3.54 $ 22.13 $ 46,020
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 46,700 0.86 $ 21.37 $ 44,460


Geographic profile for Social and Human Service Assistants: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Social and Human Service Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 53,010 3.23 1.12 $ 21.70 $ 45,130
New York 38,300 4.41 1.53 $ 19.20 $ 39,950
New Jersey 25,210 6.67 2.32 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
Texas 21,810 1.80 0.63 $ 17.53 $ 36,470
Ohio 16,570 3.22 1.12 $ 17.40 $ 36,190




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Social and Human Service Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 3,200 11.37 3.96 $ 17.17 $ 35,720
New Jersey 25,210 6.67 2.32 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
Maine 3,800 6.61 2.30 $ 17.39 $ 36,180
Rhode Island 2,600 5.88 2.04 $ 18.12 $ 37,680
Connecticut 7,580 4.92 1.71 $ 20.99 $ 43,670




Top paying states for Social and Human Service Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,660 2.41 0.84 $ 26.27 $ 54,640
North Dakota 1,420 3.55 1.23 $ 23.08 $ 48,020
California 53,010 3.23 1.12 $ 21.70 $ 45,130
Alaska 1,290 4.37 1.52 $ 21.03 $ 43,750
Connecticut 7,580 4.92 1.71 $ 20.99 $ 43,670





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Social and Human Service Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 39,470 4.47 1.55 $ 19.38 $ 40,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 18,210 3.13 1.09 $ 20.83 $ 43,320
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,380 2.61 0.91 $ 19.58 $ 40,730
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 9,840 3.65 1.27 $ 18.72 $ 38,940
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 8,890 3.42 1.19 $ 18.10 $ 37,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,430 4.02 1.40 $ 18.29 $ 38,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,600 2.83 0.99 $ 23.29 $ 48,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,540 2.17 0.75 $ 21.56 $ 44,850
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,300 2.71 0.94 $ 20.61 $ 42,870
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 4,920 1.37 0.48 $ 18.19 $ 37,830




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Social and Human Service Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 740 14.70 5.11 $ 21.89 $ 45,530
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 710 12.46 4.33 $ 16.59 $ 34,510
Johnstown, PA 550 11.81 4.11 $ 17.68 $ 36,770
Trenton, NJ 2,530 10.99 3.82 $ 20.02 $ 41,650
Duluth, MN-WI 1,250 10.55 3.67 $ 18.22 $ 37,890
Bangor, ME 630 10.28 3.58 $ 17.34 $ 36,070
Sumter, SC 350 9.59 3.33 $ 15.20 $ 31,610
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 990 8.94 3.11 $ 17.66 $ 36,720
Waterbury, CT 550 8.77 3.05 $ 16.42 $ 34,150
El Centro, CA 500 8.68 3.02 $ 22.20 $ 46,170