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

21-1093 Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist other social and human service providers in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care. Excludes “Rehabilitation Counselors” (21-1015), “Psychiatric Technicians” (29-2053), “Personal Care Aides” (31-1122), and “Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs” (43-4061).


National estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants
Industry profile for Social and Human Service Assistants
Geographic profile for Social and Human Service Assistants

National estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
398,380 1.0 % $ 19.45 $ 40,460 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Social and Human Service Assistants:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.42 $ 14.64 $ 18.08 $ 22.58 $ 28.60
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,910 $ 30,440 $ 37,610 $ 46,960 $ 59,490


Industry profile for Social and Human Service Assistants:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Social and Human Service Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 116,000 4.37 $ 18.95 $ 39,420
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 47,310 0.88 $ 23.10 $ 48,040
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 38,270 1.74 $ 20.05 $ 41,700
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 31,670 5.17 $ 16.80 $ 34,950
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 28,520 15.00 $ 17.65 $ 36,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Social and Human Service Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 28,520 15.00 $ 17.65 $ 36,710
Other Residential Care Facilities 10,930 7.24 $ 16.30 $ 33,900
Social Advocacy Organizations 15,530 6.94 $ 19.33 $ 40,200
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 31,670 5.17 $ 16.80 $ 34,950
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 12,160 4.55 $ 17.15 $ 35,670

Top paying industries for Social and Human Service Assistants:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Miscellaneous Store Retailers (4532 and 4533 only) 230 0.06 $ 25.63 $ 53,320
Technical and Trade Schools 30 0.03 $ 25.10 $ 52,220
Insurance Carriers 1,130 0.09 $ 24.54 $ 51,050
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,340 0.06 $ 24.31 $ 50,570
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 470 0.17 $ 23.88 $ 49,670


Geographic profile for Social and Human Service Assistants:

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



Map of employment of social and human service assistants by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Social and Human Service Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 51,940 3.14 1.11 $ 23.26 $ 48,380
New York 34,130 3.94 1.39 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
New Jersey 22,990 5.97 2.11 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Texas 21,770 1.78 0.63 $ 19.05 $ 39,630
Florida 20,150 2.34 0.83 $ 18.85 $ 39,220


Map of location quotient of social and human service assistants by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Social and Human Service Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 3,520 12.38 4.38 $ 16.94 $ 35,240
Rhode Island 3,180 6.95 2.46 $ 19.26 $ 40,070
Maine 3,980 6.73 2.38 $ 18.94 $ 39,400
West Virginia 4,160 6.33 2.24 $ 18.18 $ 37,810
New Jersey 22,990 5.97 2.11 $ 19.91 $ 41,410


Map of annual mean wages of social and human service assistants by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Social and Human Service Assistants:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 900 1.36 0.48 $ 29.91 $ 62,210
Connecticut 7,950 5.05 1.79 $ 24.75 $ 51,480
California 51,940 3.14 1.11 $ 23.26 $ 48,380
North Dakota 1,550 3.92 1.39 $ 22.66 $ 47,140
Alaska 1,200 4.04 1.43 $ 21.92 $ 45,590



Map of employment of social and human service assistants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Social and Human Service Assistants:

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 34,400 3.96 1.40 $ 20.79 $ 43,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 19,000 3.32 1.17 $ 23.35 $ 48,560
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 12,240 4.61 1.63 $ 19.98 $ 41,560
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 10,240 3.96 1.40 $ 18.30 $ 38,070
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,750 2.30 0.81 $ 21.19 $ 44,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 7,340 3.27 1.16 $ 25.24 $ 52,500
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 6,130 3.36 1.19 $ 20.80 $ 43,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,810 1.98 0.70 $ 22.07 $ 45,900
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,750 2.34 0.83 $ 19.94 $ 41,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 5,130 1.43 0.51 $ 20.30 $ 42,230


Map of location quotient of social and human service assistants by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Social and Human Service Assistants:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 740 12.63 4.46 $ 17.50 $ 36,390
Johnstown, PA 600 12.56 4.44 $ 17.85 $ 37,120
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 550 10.64 3.76 $ 23.62 $ 49,120
Florence, SC 880 10.40 3.68 $ 17.22 $ 35,830
Beckley, WV 410 10.25 3.62 $ 18.66 $ 38,810
Bangor, ME 620 9.93 3.51 $ 18.69 $ 38,880
Trenton, NJ 2,130 9.36 3.31 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
Waterbury, CT 560 8.69 3.07 $ 19.59 $ 40,750
Bismarck, ND 570 8.16 2.89 $ 24.04 $ 50,000
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 910 7.83 2.77 $ 18.31 $ 38,090