Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
116,750 1.6 % $23.86 $49,630 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.61 $16.64 $21.56 $28.99 $37.94
Annual Wage (2) $28,310 $34,600 $44,840 $60,300 $78,910


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 25,860 2.80 $22.80 $47,430
Individual and Family Services 16,940 0.70 $22.72 $47,250
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 14,720 0.27 $26.24 $54,590
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 12,490 1.95 $19.00 $39,510
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 11,010 4.57 $25.65 $53,360

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 11,010 4.57 $25.65 $53,360
Outpatient Care Centers 25,860 2.80 $22.80 $47,430
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 12,490 1.95 $19.00 $39,510
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,770 1.61 $19.27 $40,070
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,970 1.21 $20.05 $41,710

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 280 0.02 $31.65 $65,830
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 740 0.02 $28.69 $59,670
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 270 0.10 $28.61 $59,500
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,860 0.11 $28.07 $58,390
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 7,400 0.81 $27.40 $56,990


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 14,840 0.87 1.08 $29.63 $61,640
New York 11,470 1.22 1.52 $29.87 $62,130
Pennsylvania 7,860 1.34 1.67 $18.48 $38,440
Massachusetts 6,880 1.93 2.39 $20.80 $43,270
Texas 6,090 0.50 0.62 $19.45 $40,470




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 1,090 3.57 4.43 $20.49 $42,620
Massachusetts 6,880 1.93 2.39 $20.80 $43,270
Maine 1,040 1.72 2.14 $26.92 $56,000
Alaska 520 1.65 2.04 $22.32 $46,420
Pennsylvania 7,860 1.34 1.67 $18.48 $38,440




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 1,710 0.42 0.52 $38.04 $79,130
District of Columbia 470 0.66 0.82 $33.51 $69,690
Hawaii 360 0.56 0.69 $32.66 $67,930
Connecticut 1,850 1.11 1.38 $30.43 $63,290
New York 11,470 1.22 1.52 $29.87 $62,130





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 8,800 0.93 1.15 $32.29 $67,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,670 0.93 1.15 $29.60 $61,570
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 5,020 1.82 2.26 $20.87 $43,400
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 3,920 1.38 1.70 $20.62 $42,900
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,580 0.56 0.69 $22.86 $47,540
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 2,180 0.70 0.86 $31.56 $65,630
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,110 1.03 1.27 $19.39 $40,330
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,050 1.05 1.30 $26.72 $55,580
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,800 0.75 0.92 $34.38 $71,510
Pittsburgh, PA 1,500 1.31 1.62 $17.39 $36,170