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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

21-1094 Community Health Workers

Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs. Excludes "Health Educators" (21-1091).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
54,760 2.1 % $20.36 $42,340 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.09 $14.86 $18.45 $24.22 $31.01
Annual Wage (2) $25,150 $30,900 $38,370 $50,390 $64,500


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 10,140 0.44 $18.22 $37,910
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 7,710 0.14 $21.03 $43,750
Outpatient Care Centers 5,730 0.65 $18.31 $38,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,200 0.09 $23.98 $49,870
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,840 1.34 $21.36 $44,430

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 2,840 1.34 $21.36 $44,430
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,190 1.31 $17.99 $37,420
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,800 1.26 $23.39 $48,640
Outpatient Care Centers 5,730 0.65 $18.31 $38,070
Individual and Family Services 10,140 0.44 $18.22 $37,910

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Real Estate (8) (8) $33.93 $70,570
Scientific Research and Development Services 420 0.07 $32.02 $66,590
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 390 0.03 $26.29 $54,690
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 220 0.08 $24.66 $51,290
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 120 0.02 $24.30 $50,540


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,890 0.35 0.92 $22.67 $47,150
New York 5,440 0.59 1.54 $21.67 $45,070
Massachusetts 3,300 0.94 2.43 $21.15 $43,990
Texas 3,030 0.26 0.66 $20.53 $42,700
Florida 2,660 0.32 0.82 $18.78 $39,060




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 630 1.99 5.18 $21.67 $45,080
Vermont 480 1.56 4.07 $15.52 $32,280
District of Columbia 950 1.33 3.47 $31.87 $66,290
Massachusetts 3,300 0.94 2.43 $21.15 $43,990
Hawaii 480 0.75 1.96 $21.79 $45,320




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 950 1.33 3.47 $31.87 $66,290
New Jersey 1,230 0.31 0.80 $24.75 $51,480
North Dakota 130 0.31 0.80 $23.13 $48,110
California 5,890 0.35 0.92 $22.67 $47,150
Connecticut 470 0.28 0.74 $22.64 $47,100



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,630 0.54 1.41 $22.72 $47,250
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,450 0.79 2.05 $22.02 $45,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.31 0.82 $21.66 $45,040
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,150 0.32 0.82 $18.87 $39,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.45 1.17 $30.60 $63,650
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 940 0.69 1.80 $21.47 $44,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 940 0.49 1.26 $21.21 $44,110
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 900 0.81 2.10 $30.87 $64,200
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 840 0.29 0.75 $23.40 $48,680
St. Louis, MO-IL 780 0.57 1.49 $18.88 $39,270


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 190 2.37 6.17 $19.04 $39,610
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 290 2.30 5.99 $14.92 $31,040
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 90 2.17 5.64 $18.79 $39,090
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 70 1.88 4.89 $14.69 $30,550
Jackson, MI 100 1.68 4.37 $11.76 $24,460
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 70 1.62 4.21 $12.29 $25,560
Anchorage, AK 260 1.48 3.86 $21.01 $43,700
Springfield, MA-CT 450 1.38 3.59 $18.42 $38,320
San Angelo, TX 60 1.34 3.48 $19.56 $40,690
Mobile, AL 220 1.30 3.37 $20.09 $41,790


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 900 0.81 2.10 $30.87 $64,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,130 0.45 1.17 $30.60 $63,650
Savannah, GA (8) (8) (8) $29.07 $60,470
Baton Rouge, LA 70 0.18 0.48 $28.60 $59,480
Trenton, NJ 150 0.64 1.67 $27.58 $57,370
Tallahassee, FL (8) (8) (8) $26.80 $55,750
Montgomery, AL 170 1.02 2.66 $26.56 $55,240
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 100 0.34 0.89 $26.41 $54,940
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 400 0.89 2.32 $26.37 $54,840
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metropolitan Division 120 0.20 0.53 $26.26 $54,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 3.54 9.21 $23.15 $48,160
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.75 4.55 $14.47 $30,110
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.78 2.04 $19.00 $39,520
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.45 1.16 $17.99 $37,420
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.85 2.20 $20.77 $43,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 3.54 9.21 $23.15 $48,160
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 80 2.97 7.74 $19.36 $40,270
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 180 1.75 4.55 $14.47 $30,110
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.73 4.50 $19.25 $40,040
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 1.65 4.29 $15.57 $32,390

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.52 $25.11 $52,240
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 70 0.58 1.50 $24.44 $50,820
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.53 1.37 $23.91 $49,730
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.71 $49,310
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 250 3.54 9.21 $23.15 $48,160


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018