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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

21-1022 Healthcare Social Workers

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.


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)
174,890 1.5 % $28.51 $59,300 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.83 $21.25 $27.29 $34.14 $41.41
Annual Wage (2) $35,000 $44,200 $56,750 $71,000 $86,130


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 46,230 0.83 $31.72 $65,980
Individual and Family Services 25,190 0.99 $25.22 $52,460
Home Health Care Services 21,250 1.42 $29.76 $61,900
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 14,590 0.91 $26.75 $55,630
Outpatient Care Centers 12,470 1.31 $29.53 $61,420

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 21,250 1.42 $29.76 $61,900
Outpatient Care Centers 12,470 1.31 $29.53 $61,420
Individual and Family Services 25,190 0.99 $25.22 $52,460
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,310 0.91 $27.72 $57,660
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 14,590 0.91 $26.75 $55,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 30 (7) $35.52 $73,880
Religious Organizations 110 0.06 $34.97 $72,730
Junior Colleges 80 0.01 $33.46 $69,600
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 46,230 0.83 $31.72 $65,980
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,090 0.35 $31.29 $65,080


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 19,020 1.09 0.92 $38.28 $79,620
New York 15,720 1.65 1.39 $29.55 $61,470
Florida 10,690 1.22 1.02 $25.34 $52,700
Massachusetts 10,280 2.84 2.38 $29.64 $61,650
Texas 10,250 0.82 0.69 $28.09 $58,430




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)
Massachusetts 10,280 2.84 2.38 $29.64 $61,650
Missouri 6,230 2.21 1.86 $22.78 $47,380
Indiana 5,430 1.77 1.48 $25.04 $52,090
New Mexico 1,420 1.72 1.44 $28.23 $58,720
Tennessee 4,980 1.66 1.39 $23.21 $48,280




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 19,020 1.09 0.92 $38.28 $79,620
District of Columbia 440 0.61 0.51 $35.65 $74,160
Oregon 1,810 0.95 0.80 $35.60 $74,050
Connecticut 2,210 1.32 1.11 $35.09 $72,980
Nevada 800 0.57 0.48 $34.93 $72,640





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 14,180 1.47 1.23 $30.76 $63,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,600 1.22 1.02 $40.11 $83,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,350 1.91 1.61 $31.05 $64,580
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,020 1.90 1.60 $24.50 $50,950
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,250 0.91 0.76 $27.32 $56,830
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,880 1.35 1.13 $27.24 $56,650
St. Louis, MO-IL 3,030 2.21 1.86 $23.14 $48,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 3,000 1.52 1.28 $28.43 $59,130
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,870 0.78 0.66 $28.89 $60,100
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,570 2.43 2.04 $25.43 $52,890