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

21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.


National estimates for Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Industry profile for Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Geographic profile for Child, Family, and School Social Workers

National estimates for Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
340,050 1.1 % $ 26.39 $ 54,880 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.22 $ 18.70 $ 23.63 $ 30.08 $ 37.84
Annual Wage (2) $ 35,820 $ 38,900 $ 49,150 $ 62,560 $ 78,710


Industry profile for Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 83,080 3.13 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 74,830 1.39 $ 30.79 $ 64,040
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 68,330 3.11 $ 25.43 $ 52,890
Elementary and Secondary Schools 45,540 0.56 $ 32.07 $ 66,700
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 9,970 5.25 $ 20.57 $ 42,780

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Child, Family, and School Social 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 9,970 5.25 $ 20.57 $ 42,780
Other Residential Care Facilities 7,020 4.65 $ 20.50 $ 42,640
Individual and Family Services 83,080 3.13 $ 22.57 $ 46,950
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 68,330 3.11 $ 25.43 $ 52,890
Social Advocacy Organizations 4,310 1.93 $ 22.53 $ 46,870

Top paying industries for Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 150 0.04 $ 39.23 $ 81,610
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 220 0.08 $ 34.29 $ 71,320
Elementary and Secondary Schools 45,540 0.56 $ 32.07 $ 66,700
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 840 0.35 $ 30.90 $ 64,280
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 74,830 1.39 $ 30.79 $ 64,040


Geographic profile for Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

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



Map of employment of child, family, and school social workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 47,380 2.87 1.19 $ 31.22 $ 64,940
New York 24,270 2.80 1.16 $ 33.01 $ 68,660
Texas 21,370 1.75 0.72 $ 23.71 $ 49,310
Pennsylvania 20,980 3.76 1.56 $ 23.75 $ 49,390
Illinois 17,580 3.13 1.30 $ 26.89 $ 55,930


Map of location quotient of child, family, and school social workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,430 4.83 2.00 $ 29.61 $ 61,580
South Dakota 1,700 4.04 1.68 $ 21.53 $ 44,770
Vermont 1,120 3.94 1.63 $ 25.51 $ 53,060
Oklahoma 5,860 3.76 1.56 $ 20.95 $ 43,580
Pennsylvania 20,980 3.76 1.56 $ 23.75 $ 49,390


Map of annual mean wages of child, family, and school social workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 4,180 1.09 0.45 $ 36.26 $ 75,410
Connecticut 5,420 3.45 1.43 $ 33.99 $ 70,690
District of Columbia 2,220 3.36 1.39 $ 33.82 $ 70,340
New York 24,270 2.80 1.16 $ 33.01 $ 68,660
California 47,380 2.87 1.19 $ 31.22 $ 64,940



Map of employment of child, family, and school social workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 20,810 3.64 1.51 $ 33.44 $ 69,540
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 19,270 2.22 0.92 $ 35.50 $ 73,840
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 12,980 3.07 1.27 $ 27.48 $ 57,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,980 3.38 1.40 $ 25.36 $ 52,750
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,500 2.22 0.92 $ 34.09 $ 70,910
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,770 1.61 0.67 $ 24.78 $ 51,540
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,720 2.21 0.92 $ 29.10 $ 60,520
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,270 2.35 0.97 $ 34.98 $ 72,750
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 5,180 2.87 1.19 $ 24.76 $ 51,500
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 5,080 2.40 1.00 $ 21.30 $ 44,310


Map of location quotient of child, family, and school social workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Child, Family, and School Social Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waterbury, CT 440 6.81 2.82 $ 31.85 $ 66,250
Midland, MI 230 6.52 2.70 $ 22.96 $ 47,750
Oklahoma City, OK 3,920 6.48 2.68 $ 20.91 $ 43,490
Merced, CA 450 6.23 2.58 $ 23.82 $ 49,540
Springfield, IL 570 5.87 2.43 $ 28.17 $ 58,590
Williamsport, PA 270 5.65 2.34 $ 23.87 $ 49,640
Charleston, WV 560 5.64 2.34 $ 21.49 $ 44,710
Springfield, MA-CT 1,730 5.62 2.33 $ 21.16 $ 44,000
Johnstown, PA 260 5.57 2.31 $ 20.68 $ 43,010
Gettysburg, PA 170 5.28 2.19 $ 22.00 $ 45,760