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

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: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
100,260 2.0 % $ 20.23 $ 42,080 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.34 $ 14.33 $ 18.05 $ 24.06 $ 31.82
Annual Wage (2) $ 25,660 $ 29,800 $ 37,530 $ 50,040 $ 66,180


Industry profile for Rehabilitation Counselors: Top

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 30,790 10.72 $ 18.07 $ 37,580
Individual and Family Services 17,730 0.69 $ 18.80 $ 39,110
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 14,800 0.67 $ 26.83 $ 55,800
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 10,510 1.66 $ 16.91 $ 35,180
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 5,000 0.09 $ 23.43 $ 48,740

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 30,790 10.72 $ 18.07 $ 37,580
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 10,510 1.66 $ 16.91 $ 35,180
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,650 1.66 $ 17.87 $ 37,180
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 1,460 0.80 $ 19.02 $ 39,560
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 1,730 0.72 $ 20.80 $ 43,270

Top paying industries for Rehabilitation Counselors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 130 0.01 $ 31.24 $ 64,980
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 0.01 $ 28.13 $ 58,500
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 14,800 0.67 $ 26.83 $ 55,800
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 1,140 0.02 $ 26.22 $ 54,540
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 150 0.01 $ 26.04 $ 54,150


Geographic profile for Rehabilitation Counselors: Top

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.





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 14,070 0.86 1.19 $ 19.06 $ 39,640
New York 8,590 0.99 1.37 $ 18.29 $ 38,050
Pennsylvania 6,340 1.15 1.60 $ 20.52 $ 42,670
Massachusetts 6,120 1.83 2.53 $ 23.48 $ 48,830
Ohio 4,850 0.94 1.31 $ 19.98 $ 41,550




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)
Idaho 1,390 1.94 2.69 $ 20.26 $ 42,150
Massachusetts 6,120 1.83 2.53 $ 23.48 $ 48,830
Vermont 500 1.77 2.46 $ 22.30 $ 46,380
Connecticut 2,500 1.62 2.25 $ 21.17 $ 44,030
Washington 4,160 1.30 1.80 $ 24.29 $ 50,520




Top paying states for Rehabilitation Counselors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 710 0.19 0.26 $ 32.16 $ 66,880
Rhode Island 380 0.85 1.18 $ 30.86 $ 64,190
Nevada 330 0.26 0.37 $ 27.25 $ 56,680
Colorado 1,420 0.55 0.76 $ 25.28 $ 52,570
District of Columbia 760 1.11 1.53 $ 25.10 $ 52,210





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,730 0.54 0.74 $ 19.61 $ 40,790
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 4,280 1.65 2.28 $ 24.12 $ 50,170
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,280 0.73 1.02 $ 19.08 $ 39,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,400 0.55 0.76 $ 21.06 $ 43,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,390 0.79 1.10 $ 21.96 $ 45,670
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,190 1.12 1.55 $ 23.98 $ 49,880
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,110 0.78 1.09 $ 20.98 $ 43,640
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,020 1.09 1.52 $ 20.72 $ 43,090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,900 1.27 1.77 $ 17.01 $ 35,380
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,580 0.75 1.04 $ 17.08 $ 35,520




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)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 560 4.22 5.86 $ 16.41 $ 34,140
Tallahassee, FL 670 3.95 5.48 $ 14.94 $ 31,070
Waterbury, CT 240 3.80 5.27 $ 18.03 $ 37,490
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA 840 3.63 5.04 $ 23.74 $ 49,370
Jackson, TN 220 3.45 4.79 (8) (8)
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 140 3.44 4.78 $ 16.35 $ 34,020
Bend-Redmond, OR 270 3.35 4.64 $ 17.31 $ 36,010
Leominster-Gardner, MA 150 3.07 4.26 $ 27.27 $ 56,730
Idaho Falls, ID 200 2.94 4.08 $ 21.49 $ 44,700
Chico, CA 220 2.93 4.06 $ 16.17 $ 33,630