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

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 caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services. May also provide case and care management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.


National estimates for Healthcare Social Workers
Industry profile for Healthcare Social Workers
Geographic profile for Healthcare Social Workers

National estimates for Healthcare Social Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Healthcare Social Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
173,860 1.2 % $ 29.96 $ 62,310 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Healthcare Social Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.09 $ 22.90 $ 29.25 $ 36.98 $ 41.74
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,630 $ 47,630 $ 60,840 $ 76,920 $ 86,820


Industry profile for Healthcare Social Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Healthcare Social Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 43,120 0.77 $ 34.35 $ 71,440
Individual and Family Services 22,040 0.83 $ 24.47 $ 50,910
Home Health Care Services 21,350 1.41 $ 32.29 $ 67,150
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 13,510 0.96 $ 26.69 $ 55,510
Outpatient Care Centers 13,480 1.37 $ 31.30 $ 65,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Healthcare Social Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 21,350 1.41 $ 32.29 $ 67,150
Outpatient Care Centers 13,480 1.37 $ 31.30 $ 65,090
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,250 1.18 $ 22.29 $ 46,370
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,420 1.01 $ 28.76 $ 59,820
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 13,510 0.96 $ 26.69 $ 55,510

Top paying industries for Healthcare Social Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 130 0.02 $ 44.73 $ 93,030
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $ 38.87 $ 80,860
Insurance Carriers 5,260 0.44 $ 34.78 $ 72,330
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,530 0.94 $ 34.48 $ 71,710
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 43,120 0.77 $ 34.35 $ 71,440


Geographic profile for Healthcare Social Workers:

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



Map of employment of healthcare social workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Healthcare Social Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 21,910 2.53 2.05 $ 29.66 $ 61,680
California 13,050 0.79 0.64 $ 40.72 $ 84,690
Texas 11,550 0.94 0.77 $ 31.17 $ 64,840
Massachusetts 10,830 3.19 2.58 $ 30.89 $ 64,250
Florida 9,010 1.05 0.85 $ 28.09 $ 58,420


Map of location quotient of healthcare social workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Healthcare Social Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 10,830 3.19 2.58 $ 30.89 $ 64,250
New York 21,910 2.53 2.05 $ 29.66 $ 61,680
Tennessee 7,440 2.49 2.02 $ 25.44 $ 52,920
Vermont 530 1.87 1.51 $ 27.42 $ 57,020
Missouri 5,010 1.84 1.49 $ 24.69 $ 51,340


Map of annual mean wages of healthcare social workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Healthcare Social Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 370 0.55 0.45 $ 41.83 $ 87,000
California 13,050 0.79 0.64 $ 40.72 $ 84,690
Oregon 1,830 1.00 0.81 $ 38.40 $ 79,870
Hawaii 690 1.25 1.01 $ 35.56 $ 73,960
Rhode Island 620 1.36 1.10 $ 35.21 $ 73,230



Map of employment of healthcare social workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Healthcare Social 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 17,750 2.04 1.66 $ 31.68 $ 65,890
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,150 2.38 1.93 $ 31.94 $ 66,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,320 0.76 0.61 $ 39.26 $ 81,660
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,710 0.88 0.71 $ 30.22 $ 62,870
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,240 0.90 0.73 $ 32.22 $ 67,020
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,210 1.21 0.98 $ 31.17 $ 64,820
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,860 1.17 0.95 $ 29.91 $ 62,210
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,690 0.93 0.75 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,640 1.25 1.01 $ 29.78 $ 61,950
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 2,540 2.60 2.11 $ 26.88 $ 55,910


Map of location quotient of healthcare social workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Healthcare Social Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Bedford, MA 840 13.53 10.96 $ 31.76 $ 66,060
Springfield, MA-CT 1,690 5.50 4.45 $ 26.58 $ 55,290
Pittsfield, MA 180 4.82 3.91 $ 26.26 $ 54,620
Leominster-Gardner, MA 200 4.02 3.25 $ 28.27 $ 58,800
Worcester, MA-CT 1,020 3.79 3.07 $ 31.71 $ 65,950
Chattanooga, TN-GA 840 3.41 2.77 $ 28.49 $ 59,250
Binghamton, NY 280 3.11 2.52 $ 22.86 $ 47,560
Jackson, TN 200 3.08 2.50 $ 22.45 $ 46,690
Johnson City, TN 230 2.97 2.41 $ 21.57 $ 44,870
Ann Arbor, MI 600 2.97 2.41 $ 31.97 $ 66,500