Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.


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)
167,730 2.0 % $27.31 $56,810 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.99 $20.44 $26.38 $32.62 $39.21
Annual Wage (2) $33,260 $42,510 $54,870 $67,850 $81,560


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 47,960 0.87 $30.05 $62,510
Individual and Family Services 22,690 0.99 $24.34 $50,630
Home Health Care Services 20,540 1.47 $28.83 $59,970
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 14,510 0.89 $24.48 $50,910
Outpatient Care Centers 11,360 1.29 $27.76 $57,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 20,540 1.47 $28.83 $59,970
Outpatient Care Centers 11,360 1.29 $27.76 $57,730
Individual and Family Services 22,690 0.99 $24.34 $50,630
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,350 0.98 $26.97 $56,090
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,510 0.96 $29.02 $60,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 30 0.69 $33.59 $69,860
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 40 0.01 $31.60 $65,720
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 920 0.07 $31.54 $65,600
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $30.16 $62,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 47,960 0.87 $30.05 $62,510


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 18,150 1.09 0.92 $34.99 $72,770
New York 12,620 1.37 1.17 $29.18 $60,680
Massachusetts 11,540 3.27 2.78 $27.62 $57,440
Texas 9,980 0.84 0.71 $27.88 $57,980
Ohio 9,810 1.83 1.55 $26.04 $54,170




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)
Massachusetts 11,540 3.27 2.78 $27.62 $57,440
Missouri 5,350 1.92 1.63 $21.93 $45,620
Ohio 9,810 1.83 1.55 $26.04 $54,170
Indiana 5,260 1.74 1.48 $24.04 $50,000
Maryland 4,370 1.64 1.39 $27.96 $58,150




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 730 0.56 0.48 $37.95 $78,940
California 18,150 1.09 0.92 $34.99 $72,770
District of Columbia 530 0.74 0.63 $33.93 $70,580
Oregon 1,480 0.81 0.69 $33.74 $70,190
Connecticut 2,170 1.31 1.11 $33.58 $69,840



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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 8,510 1.27 1.08 $31.53 $65,590
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,970 1.35 1.15 $35.56 $73,970
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,410 2.40 2.04 $28.21 $58,680
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,480 0.95 0.81 $27.05 $56,270
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,050 1.54 1.31 $22.69 $47,190
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,760 2.03 1.72 $27.95 $58,130
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,620 1.36 1.15 $28.88 $60,060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,520 0.86 0.73 $31.25 $65,010
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 2,320 2.25 1.91 $24.70 $51,370
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,290 1.69 1.44 $23.59 $49,060


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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)
New Bedford, MA 1,160 17.66 15.01 $30.15 $62,710
Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 600 7.34 6.24 $27.66 $57,540
Pittsfield, MA 240 6.03 5.12 $27.34 $56,860
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL 230 5.38 4.57 $22.89 $47,610
Leominster-Gardner, MA 240 4.79 4.07 $22.59 $46,990
Springfield, MA-CT 1,530 4.67 3.97 $25.90 $53,870
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 270 4.54 3.86 $24.27 $50,490
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 410 4.29 3.65 $26.55 $55,230
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 300 3.76 3.20 $24.94 $51,870
Fort Wayne, IN 800 3.74 3.17 $19.16 $39,850