Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
159,310 1.8 % $26.69 $55,510 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.74 $20.01 $25.85 $31.66 $38.47
Annual Wage (2) $32,750 $41,620 $53,760 $65,860 $80,020


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 47,180 0.87 $29.36 $61,080
Individual and Family Services 19,030 1.13 $22.25 $46,280
Home Health Care Services 18,930 1.40 $28.76 $59,820
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 15,530 0.95 $24.13 $50,200
Outpatient Care Centers 10,860 1.30 $27.47 $57,130

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 18,930 1.40 $28.76 $59,820
Outpatient Care Centers 10,860 1.30 $27.47 $57,130
Individual and Family Services 19,030 1.13 $22.25 $46,280
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,490 0.97 $28.65 $59,600
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,280 0.97 $25.31 $52,640

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 60 0.01 $32.42 $67,420
Elementary and Secondary Schools 210 (7) $31.66 $65,850
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 90 0.02 $29.96 $62,310
Office Administrative Services (8) (8) $29.94 $62,270
Employment Services 1,320 0.04 $29.69 $61,760


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 14,530 0.91 0.80 $34.17 $71,080
Massachusetts 12,610 3.65 3.21 $26.13 $54,350
New York 12,540 1.38 1.21 $28.88 $60,060
Texas 9,840 0.84 0.74 $27.86 $57,950
Ohio 9,140 1.71 1.51 $25.54 $53,130




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 12,610 3.65 3.21 $26.13 $54,350
Ohio 9,140 1.71 1.51 $25.54 $53,130
Arizona 4,440 1.67 1.48 $22.95 $47,740
Rhode Island 770 1.61 1.42 $25.32 $52,660
Hawaii 1,000 1.58 1.39 $28.46 $59,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 14,530 0.91 0.80 $34.17 $71,080
Nevada 610 0.48 0.42 $34.14 $71,020
District of Columbia 580 0.82 0.72 $32.61 $67,840
Connecticut 2,120 1.27 1.12 $32.29 $67,170
Oregon 1,480 0.82 0.73 $31.85 $66,240





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 8,740 1.33 1.17 $30.66 $63,770
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 4,680 2.60 2.29 $26.98 $56,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,510 1.07 0.94 $32.05 $66,670
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,470 1.79 1.58 $22.34 $46,480
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,210 0.88 0.78 $28.55 $59,380
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 2,580 1.92 1.69 $28.05 $58,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,560 0.87 0.77 $30.69 $63,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,330 0.91 0.80 $25.46 $52,970
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,260 1.18 1.04 $28.17 $58,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,900 0.78 0.69 $29.66 $61,690