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

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)
58,670 2.3 % $ 22.12 $ 46,000 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Community Health Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.47 $ 16.33 $ 20.19 $ 26.11 $ 34.03
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,010 $ 33,960 $ 42,000 $ 54,320 $ 70,790


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)
Individual and Family Services 10,900 0.43 $ 20.19 $ 41,990
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 9,730 0.18 $ 23.17 $ 48,190
Outpatient Care Centers 5,160 0.54 $ 21.10 $ 43,880
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,860 0.09 $ 24.62 $ 51,200
Offices of Physicians 3,560 0.14 $ 20.24 $ 42,100

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)
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,010 1.10 $ 19.56 $ 40,690
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,510 1.04 $ 21.46 $ 44,640
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,290 1.04 $ 24.33 $ 50,600
Outpatient Care Centers 5,160 0.54 $ 21.10 $ 43,880
Individual and Family Services 10,900 0.43 $ 20.19 $ 41,990

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 410 0.05 $ 31.27 $ 65,030
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 210 0.08 $ 27.87 $ 57,970
Insurance Carriers 2,470 0.20 $ 27.18 $ 56,540
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 330 0.02 $ 25.90 $ 53,880
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,620 0.07 $ 25.44 $ 52,920


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.





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 7,300 0.84 1.99 $ 22.18 $ 46,130
California 5,960 0.36 0.86 $ 25.45 $ 52,940
Texas 3,350 0.28 0.66 $ 19.75 $ 41,070
Washington 3,100 0.97 2.30 $ 22.33 $ 46,440
Massachusetts 2,770 0.83 1.96 $ 22.26 $ 46,300




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 450 1.52 3.59 $ 27.99 $ 58,230
District of Columbia 810 1.18 2.80 $ 29.83 $ 62,040
New Mexico 820 1.04 2.47 $ 28.96 $ 60,230
Washington 3,100 0.97 2.30 $ 22.33 $ 46,440
New York 7,300 0.84 1.99 $ 22.18 $ 46,130




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 810 1.18 2.80 $ 29.83 $ 62,040
New Mexico 820 1.04 2.47 $ 28.96 $ 60,230
Alaska 450 1.52 3.59 $ 27.99 $ 58,230
Rhode Island 240 0.55 1.31 $ 27.80 $ 57,820
Connecticut 580 0.38 0.89 $ 27.11 $ 56,380





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 5,510 0.62 1.48 $ 23.09 $ 48,040
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,290 1.17 2.78 $ 22.49 $ 46,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,020 0.35 0.82 $ 23.98 $ 49,880
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,870 0.72 1.70 $ 23.02 $ 47,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,650 0.54 1.29 $ 26.12 $ 54,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,570 0.36 0.85 $ 23.06 $ 47,970
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,210 0.45 1.06 $ 23.18 $ 48,210
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,020 0.44 1.03 $ 27.82 $ 57,860
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 950 0.32 0.76 $ 22.46 $ 46,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 790 0.22 0.52 $ 19.14 $ 39,820




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 90 3.03 7.18 $ 29.44 $ 61,230
Albuquerque, NM 730 1.94 4.60 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 170 1.92 4.55 $ 18.27 $ 38,010
Champaign-Urbana, IL 180 1.91 4.52 $ 15.37 $ 31,970
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 70 1.85 4.39 $ 18.07 $ 37,590
Chico, CA 110 1.44 3.42 $ 15.60 $ 32,450
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 90 1.39 3.29 $ 15.29 $ 31,800
Springfield, MA-CT 390 1.27 3.01 $ 19.74 $ 41,050
Mobile, AL 210 1.27 3.00 $ 22.71 $ 47,230
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 250 1.26 2.98 $ 23.75 $ 49,390




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 320 0.29 0.69 $ 32.18 $ 66,920
Manchester, NH 50 0.44 1.03 $ 31.83 $ 66,210
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 410 0.42 1.00 $ 30.95 $ 64,370
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT (8) (8) (8) $ 30.77 $ 64,000
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.23 0.54 $ 30.34 $ 63,110
Albuquerque, NM 730 1.94 4.60 $ 29.93 $ 62,250
Bloomington, IN 30 0.45 1.07 $ 29.75 $ 61,880
Carson City, NV 90 3.03 7.18 $ 29.44 $ 61,230
Topeka, KS (8) (8) (8) $ 27.90 $ 58,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,020 0.44 1.03 $ 27.82 $ 57,860

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 270 2.69 6.37 $ 33.28 $ 69,210
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 220 2.41 5.71 $ 17.00 $ 35,370
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 210 2.16 5.12 $ 16.68 $ 34,690
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.08 2.55 $ 19.54 $ 40,640
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.06 2.52 $ 20.42 $ 42,480

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 270 2.69 6.37 $ 33.28 $ 69,210
Northwest Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 220 2.41 5.71 $ 17.00 $ 35,370
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 210 2.16 5.12 $ 16.68 $ 34,690
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 2.09 4.96 $ 17.25 $ 35,880
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 110 1.93 4.59 $ 21.36 $ 44,430

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)
Connecticut nonmetropolitan area 50 1.66 3.92 $ 35.59 $ 74,030
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 270 2.69 6.37 $ 33.28 $ 69,210
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 50 0.27 0.64 $ 26.31 $ 54,720
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 25.77 $ 53,590
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 0.62 $ 23.67 $ 49,230


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021