Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
114,040 1.6 % $23.02 $47,880 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.85 $15.98 $20.53 $27.22 $35.89
Annual Wage (2) $26,730 $33,240 $42,700 $56,610 $74,650


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 25,770 3.09 $21.35 $44,420
Individual and Family Services 16,620 0.98 $21.01 $43,690
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,600 2.38 $20.28 $42,190
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,330 0.21 $24.36 $50,680
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 9,950 4.23 $25.84 $53,740

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 9,950 4.23 $25.84 $53,740
Outpatient Care Centers 25,770 3.09 $21.35 $44,420
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,600 2.38 $20.28 $42,190
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,360 1.46 $18.31 $38,080
Other Residential Care Facilities 1,900 1.18 $18.77 $39,040

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 6,490 0.78 $33.61 $69,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 760 0.03 $28.48 $59,240
Insurance Carriers 140 0.01 $26.53 $55,190
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,820 0.11 $25.99 $54,050
Home Health Care Services 500 0.04 $25.85 $53,760


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 12,850 0.80 0.99 $30.92 $64,320
New York 11,040 1.21 1.49 $27.13 $56,430
Pennsylvania 10,170 1.77 2.18 $18.08 $37,600
Massachusetts 5,810 1.68 2.07 $21.62 $44,960
Ohio 4,980 0.93 1.15 $19.80 $41,190




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 980 3.22 3.96 $19.30 $40,150
Maine 1,180 1.97 2.43 $28.54 $59,360
Pennsylvania 10,170 1.77 2.18 $18.08 $37,600
Massachusetts 5,810 1.68 2.07 $21.62 $44,960
Rhode Island 750 1.57 1.94 $22.80 $47,420




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 1,600 0.40 0.50 $34.43 $71,600
California 12,850 0.80 0.99 $30.92 $64,320
Connecticut 2,030 1.22 1.50 $29.06 $60,450
Maine 1,180 1.97 2.43 $28.54 $59,360
Nevada 670 0.52 0.65 $27.62 $57,460





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 6,690 1.02 1.25 $28.79 $59,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,540 0.84 1.03 (8) (8)
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 2,430 1.35 1.66 $22.56 $46,920
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,400 2.70 3.32 $18.68 $38,840
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,110 1.11 1.36 $23.71 $49,320
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,860 0.51 0.63 (8) (8)
Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA Metropolitan Division 1,830 1.79 2.20 $19.00 $39,530
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,790 0.93 1.14 $17.26 $35,900
Pittsburgh, PA 1,650 1.46 1.80 $17.75 $36,920
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.61 0.75 $27.84 $57,900