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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

21-1094 Community Health Workers

Promote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health. May deliver health-related preventive services such as blood pressure, glaucoma, and hearing screenings. May collect data to help identify community health needs. Excludes “Health Education Specialists” (21-1091).


National estimates for Community Health Workers
Industry profile for Community Health Workers
Geographic profile for Community Health Workers

National estimates for Community Health Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Community Health Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
61,010 2.2 % $ 22.97 $ 47,780 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Community Health Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.63 $ 17.76 $ 22.40 $ 28.50 $ 34.00
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,440 $ 36,940 $ 46,590 $ 59,280 $ 70,720


Industry profile for Community Health Workers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Community Health Workers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Community Health Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Community Health Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 11,270 0.21 $ 23.87 $ 49,640
Individual and Family Services 9,900 0.37 $ 20.48 $ 42,590
Outpatient Care Centers 5,400 0.55 $ 21.27 $ 44,240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,740 0.08 $ 25.64 $ 53,320
Insurance Carriers 3,330 0.28 $ 28.35 $ 58,970

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Community Health Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,450 1.04 $ 25.23 $ 52,490
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 1,860 0.98 $ 19.88 $ 41,350
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,150 0.96 $ 23.34 $ 48,540
Outpatient Care Centers 5,400 0.55 $ 21.27 $ 44,240
Individual and Family Services 9,900 0.37 $ 20.48 $ 42,590

Top paying industries for Community Health Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 290 0.04 $ 37.11 $ 77,180
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 70 0.03 $ 34.69 $ 72,160
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $ 29.80 $ 61,980
Home Health Care Services 1,070 0.07 $ 29.34 $ 61,030
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 330 0.02 $ 28.78 $ 59,870


Geographic profile for Community Health Workers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Community Health Workers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Community Health Workers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of community health workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Community Health Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 7,750 0.89 2.07 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
California 6,740 0.41 0.94 $ 25.93 $ 53,930
Texas 4,690 0.38 0.89 $ 20.34 $ 42,300
Washington 2,860 0.89 2.06 $ 23.14 $ 48,130
Ohio 2,300 0.44 1.02 $ 19.83 $ 41,240


Map of location quotient of community health workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Community Health Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 380 1.28 2.95 $ 26.34 $ 54,790
Kentucky 2,180 1.19 2.74 $ 24.10 $ 50,130
New Mexico 840 1.09 2.51 $ 26.88 $ 55,900
New York 7,750 0.89 2.07 $ 24.21 $ 50,350
Washington 2,860 0.89 2.06 $ 23.14 $ 48,130


Map of annual mean wages of community health workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Community Health Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 440 0.67 1.55 $ 33.35 $ 69,370
Rhode Island 150 0.33 0.76 $ 28.33 $ 58,930
New Mexico 840 1.09 2.51 $ 26.88 $ 55,900
Connecticut 490 0.31 0.72 $ 26.55 $ 55,230
Nevada 410 0.31 0.73 $ 26.40 $ 54,900



Map of employment of community health workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Community Health Workers:

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 6,030 0.69 1.60 $ 25.28 $ 52,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,770 0.48 1.12 $ 24.17 $ 50,270
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,530 0.80 1.84 $ 24.01 $ 49,930
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,520 0.59 1.36 $ 24.92 $ 51,830
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,500 0.42 0.97 $ 20.66 $ 42,970
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,470 0.35 0.80 $ 22.20 $ 46,170
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,370 2.19 5.07 $ 27.51 $ 57,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,030 0.36 0.82 $ 21.69 $ 45,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,030 0.35 0.81 $ 29.53 $ 61,430
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,020 0.45 1.05 $ 31.51 $ 65,530


Map of location quotient of community health workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Community Health Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Carson City, NV 80 2.78 6.42 $ 29.70 $ 61,780
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,370 2.19 5.07 $ 27.51 $ 57,220
Bismarck, ND 140 2.02 4.68 $ 27.78 $ 57,780
Albuquerque, NM 630 1.74 4.02 (8) (8)
Champaign-Urbana, IL 160 1.62 3.74 $ 16.76 $ 34,850
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 140 1.53 3.53 $ 18.20 $ 37,860
Yakima, WA 130 1.44 3.33 $ 21.86 $ 45,470
Bend-Redmond, OR 120 1.42 3.28 $ 29.72 $ 61,820
Longview, WA 50 1.29 2.99 $ 21.84 $ 45,420
El Paso, TX 380 1.27 2.92 $ 17.53 $ 36,460


Map of annual mean wages of community health workers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Community Health Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 400 0.37 0.86 $ 31.79 $ 66,110
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,020 0.45 1.05 $ 31.51 $ 65,530
Bend-Redmond, OR 120 1.42 3.28 $ 29.72 $ 61,820
Carson City, NV 80 2.78 6.42 $ 29.70 $ 61,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,030 0.35 0.81 $ 29.53 $ 61,430
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 300 0.30 0.70 $ 28.29 $ 58,840
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 40 0.28 0.65 $ 28.29 $ 58,830
Wausau, WI 40 0.65 1.49 $ 27.91 $ 58,050
Bismarck, ND 140 2.02 4.68 $ 27.78 $ 57,780
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,370 2.19 5.07 $ 27.51 $ 57,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Community Health Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.25 5.20 $ 28.90 $ 60,110
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.13 2.61 $ 21.50 $ 44,710
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 150 2.19 5.05 $ 18.97 $ 39,450
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.96 2.21 $ 19.60 $ 40,760
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 1.02 2.35 $ 22.13 $ 46,030

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Community Health Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.25 5.20 $ 28.90 $ 60,110
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 150 2.19 5.05 $ 18.97 $ 39,450
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 130 1.47 3.39 $ 17.45 $ 36,290
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 1.38 3.18 $ 16.99 $ 35,330
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 3.00 $ 22.92 $ 47,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Community Health Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.25 5.20 $ 28.90 $ 60,110
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.41 0.95 $ 24.81 $ 51,610
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 80 0.85 1.97 $ 24.77 $ 51,510
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 1.49 $ 24.14 $ 50,220
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 1.34 $ 23.71 $ 49,310


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022