Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

21-1023 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.


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)
112,040 1.6 % $22.99 $47,830 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.09 $16.16 $20.79 $27.85 $36.55
Annual Wage (2) $27,230 $33,610 $43,250 $57,930 $76,020


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)
Outpatient Care Centers 25,140 2.86 $21.70 $45,140
Individual and Family Services 17,100 0.74 $22.21 $46,190
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 13,060 2.08 $18.50 $38,480
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 11,690 0.21 $24.44 $50,830
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 10,300 4.30 $25.40 $52,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 10,300 4.30 $25.40 $52,830
Outpatient Care Centers 25,140 2.86 $21.70 $45,140
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 13,060 2.08 $18.50 $38,480
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,420 1.44 $18.29 $38,030
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,110 1.29 $19.81 $41,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 710 0.02 $29.50 $61,360
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 250 0.10 $28.68 $59,660
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 7,350 0.84 $27.19 $56,560
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 90 0.03 $26.91 $55,980
Home Health Care Services 410 0.03 $26.75 $55,640


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 12,600 0.75 0.96 $26.80 $55,730
New York 10,580 1.15 1.46 $29.07 $60,460
Pennsylvania 8,640 1.49 1.90 $17.69 $36,800
Massachusetts 6,720 1.91 2.42 $21.51 $44,740
Texas 5,110 0.43 0.55 $20.07 $41,740




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)
Vermont 1,230 4.02 5.12 $19.71 $40,990
Maine 1,190 1.99 2.53 $28.69 $59,680
Alaska 620 1.94 2.46 $22.76 $47,350
Massachusetts 6,720 1.91 2.42 $21.51 $44,740
Pennsylvania 8,640 1.49 1.90 $17.69 $36,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 1,560 0.39 0.49 $36.48 $75,870
Hawaii 400 0.63 0.81 $34.76 $72,290
District of Columbia 520 0.73 0.93 $30.24 $62,900
Connecticut 1,910 1.16 1.47 $30.19 $62,800
New York 10,580 1.15 1.46 $29.07 $60,460



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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 6,220 0.93 1.18 $31.34 $65,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,310 0.75 0.95 $24.81 $51,600
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 3,300 1.79 2.28 $22.02 $45,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,180 1.13 1.43 $24.71 $51,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,160 2.39 3.04 $17.97 $37,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,010 1.02 1.29 $18.25 $37,970
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.48 0.61 $26.28 $54,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,560 0.62 0.79 $30.01 $62,410
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,400 1.23 1.57 $29.40 $61,160
Pittsburgh, PA 1,350 1.19 1.51 $17.17 $35,720


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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)
Lynn-Saugus-Marblehead, MA NECTA Division 270 6.37 8.10 $21.51 $44,740
Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division 270 4.51 5.74 $21.78 $45,310
Springfield, MO 870 4.28 5.45 $12.67 $26,350
Bangor, ME 260 4.10 5.21 $29.73 $61,830
Lynchburg, VA 330 3.33 4.24 $19.12 $39,760
Pueblo, CO 200 3.30 4.19 $21.64 $45,020
Billings, MT 240 2.76 3.52 $17.90 $37,230
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 260 2.72 3.46 $27.53 $57,270
Leominster-Gardner, MA 140 2.68 3.41 $16.09 $33,470
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 360 2.66 3.39 $30.07 $62,530