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

21-1015 Rehabilitation Counselors

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, aging, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement. Excludes “Occupational Therapists” (29-1122).


National estimates for Rehabilitation Counselors
Industry profile for Rehabilitation Counselors
Geographic profile for Rehabilitation Counselors

National estimates for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
90,310 2.3 % $ 21.51 $ 44,740 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.89 $ 14.72 $ 18.54 $ 25.44 $ 31.67
Annual Wage (2) $ 28,890 $ 30,610 $ 38,560 $ 52,920 $ 65,880


Industry profile for Rehabilitation Counselors:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Rehabilitation Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 27,850 10.43 $ 18.27 $ 37,990
Individual and Family Services 15,250 0.57 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 14,120 0.64 $ 27.45 $ 57,100
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 9,310 1.52 $ 17.60 $ 36,610
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,120 0.10 $ 26.69 $ 55,520

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Rehabilitation Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 27,850 10.43 $ 18.27 $ 37,990
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,670 1.77 $ 16.82 $ 34,980
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 9,310 1.52 $ 17.60 $ 36,610
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,630 0.68 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 1,250 0.66 $ 21.22 $ 44,150

Top paying industries for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 110 0.01 $ 34.80 $ 72,380
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 90 0.01 $ 34.68 $ 72,130
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services (8) (8) $ 33.75 $ 70,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $ 33.65 $ 70,000
Junior Colleges 40 0.01 $ 32.40 $ 67,400


Geographic profile for Rehabilitation Counselors:

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



Map of employment of rehabilitation counselors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Rehabilitation Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,430 0.69 1.08 $ 20.71 $ 43,070
Massachusetts 5,280 1.55 2.43 $ 25.10 $ 52,200
Pennsylvania 5,020 0.90 1.40 $ 20.49 $ 42,630
Washington 4,480 1.40 2.18 $ 24.81 $ 51,600
Oregon 4,420 2.42 3.78 $ 25.09 $ 52,180


Map of location quotient of rehabilitation counselors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Rehabilitation Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 4,420 2.42 3.78 $ 25.09 $ 52,180
Vermont 550 1.93 3.02 $ 22.21 $ 46,190
Connecticut 2,590 1.65 2.57 $ 21.97 $ 45,700
Massachusetts 5,280 1.55 2.43 $ 25.10 $ 52,200
Idaho 1,170 1.55 2.42 $ 20.59 $ 42,820


Map of annual mean wages of rehabilitation counselors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Rehabilitation Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 270 0.46 0.72 $ 38.73 $ 80,550
New Jersey 510 0.13 0.21 $ 34.41 $ 71,570
Rhode Island 410 0.90 1.40 $ 28.96 $ 60,230
Alaska 170 0.58 0.91 $ 26.49 $ 55,100
Massachusetts 5,280 1.55 2.43 $ 25.10 $ 52,200



Map of employment of rehabilitation counselors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Rehabilitation Counselors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,690 1.43 2.23 $ 25.54 $ 53,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,530 0.62 0.96 $ 19.28 $ 40,100
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,880 0.33 0.52 $ 22.98 $ 47,800
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,860 2.55 3.98 $ 25.94 $ 53,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,610 0.89 1.39 $ 23.53 $ 48,940
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,250 1.18 1.83 $ 25.35 $ 52,720
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,150 0.81 1.27 $ 20.45 $ 42,540
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,090 0.49 0.77 $ 22.87 $ 47,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,560 0.85 1.33 $ 23.51 $ 48,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,320 0.59 0.92 $ 24.65 $ 51,260


Map of location quotient of rehabilitation counselors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Rehabilitation Counselors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 980 4.18 6.53 $ 22.68 $ 47,180
Tallahassee, FL 660 3.88 6.05 $ 15.92 $ 33,120
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 180 3.56 5.55 $ 20.34 $ 42,320
El Centro, CA 190 3.28 5.12 $ 19.35 $ 40,240
Corvallis, OR 110 3.14 4.90 $ 24.35 $ 50,640
Waterbury, CT 190 2.97 4.63 $ 19.82 $ 41,230
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 380 2.97 4.63 $ 18.84 $ 39,180
Johnstown, PA 130 2.80 4.37 $ 24.07 $ 50,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,860 2.55 3.98 $ 25.94 $ 53,950
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 280 2.47 3.85 $ 21.03 $ 43,750