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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
168,190 1.5 % $28.11 $58,470 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.45 $20.93 $27.02 $33.79 $40.81
Annual Wage (2) $34,210 $43,530 $56,200 $70,280 $84,870


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 45,000 0.81 $31.20 $64,910
Individual and Family Services 22,340 0.92 $25.23 $52,480
Home Health Care Services 21,590 1.49 $29.26 $60,850
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 14,450 0.90 $25.93 $53,930
Outpatient Care Centers 11,690 1.27 $28.79 $59,880

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 21,590 1.49 $29.26 $60,850
Outpatient Care Centers 11,690 1.27 $28.79 $59,880
Individual and Family Services 22,340 0.92 $25.23 $52,480
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 14,450 0.90 $25.93 $53,930
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,270 0.89 $26.57 $55,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Junior Colleges 60 0.01 $34.04 $70,810
Religious Organizations 110 0.06 $33.15 $68,960
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (8) (8) $32.09 $66,760
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 790 0.05 $31.80 $66,130
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 45,000 0.81 $31.20 $64,910


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 18,600 1.09 0.94 $36.76 $76,450
New York 13,290 1.42 1.22 $29.94 $62,280
Florida 10,660 1.24 1.07 $24.50 $50,950
Massachusetts 10,040 2.81 2.42 $29.79 $61,960
Texas 9,830 0.81 0.70 $28.41 $59,090




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 10,040 2.81 2.42 $29.79 $61,960
Missouri 5,680 2.03 1.74 $22.29 $46,370
Maryland 5,090 1.90 1.63 $28.05 $58,350
Indiana 5,320 1.74 1.50 $24.86 $51,710
Vermont 490 1.59 1.37 $27.83 $57,900




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 720 0.53 0.46 $39.82 $82,820
California 18,600 1.09 0.94 $36.76 $76,450
Connecticut 2,110 1.27 1.09 $34.93 $72,640
District of Columbia 450 0.63 0.54 $34.66 $72,090
Oregon 1,600 0.85 0.73 $34.05 $70,830





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 11,790 1.24 1.07 $31.41 $65,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,290 1.19 1.03 $38.40 $79,870
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,010 1.82 1.56 $30.81 $64,090
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 4,960 1.92 1.65 $24.27 $50,480
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,500 0.97 0.83 $26.54 $55,200
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,610 1.27 1.09 $26.62 $55,370
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 3,210 2.34 2.02 $27.93 $58,100
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,830 1.17 1.01 $37.57 $78,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,710 0.86 0.74 $30.82 $64,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,550 1.30 1.12 $29.30 $60,940