Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

21-1093 Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care. Excludes "Rehabilitation Counselors" (21-1015), "Psychiatric Technicians" (29-2053), "Personal Care Aides" (39-9021), and "Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs" (43-4061).


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)
360,650 1.0 % $16.41 $34,120 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.00 $12.19 $15.29 $19.25 $24.35
Annual Wage (2) $20,800 $25,350 $31,810 $40,030 $50,640


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)
Individual and Family Services 93,280 5.52 $15.56 $32,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 44,600 0.83 $19.86 $41,310
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,530 5.64 $13.99 $29,100
State Government (OES Designation) 31,370 1.43 $18.37 $38,210
Outpatient Care Centers 19,630 2.35 $15.56 $32,370

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 19,490 12.10 $14.75 $30,670
Social Advocacy Organizations 16,390 7.98 $16.85 $35,060
Other Residential Care Facilities 12,570 7.78 $14.37 $29,880
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 19,460 5.89 $14.14 $29,420
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 34,530 5.64 $13.99 $29,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services (8) (8) $25.86 $53,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 450 0.03 $22.51 $46,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,520 0.08 $21.73 $45,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 200 0.03 $21.04 $43,760
Insurance Carriers 350 0.03 $20.90 $43,460


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 41,130 2.58 1.00 $19.77 $41,110
New York 33,350 3.67 1.43 $17.38 $36,140
New Jersey 20,480 5.18 2.02 $17.77 $36,960
Pennsylvania 19,360 3.37 1.31 $15.69 $32,630
Massachusetts 16,760 4.84 1.89 $17.19 $35,750




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 2,480 8.12 3.16 $16.23 $33,770
New Jersey 20,480 5.18 2.02 $17.77 $36,960
Maine 3,060 5.13 2.00 $15.95 $33,180
Rhode Island 2,400 5.05 1.96 $15.78 $32,820
Minnesota 13,820 4.92 1.91 $16.53 $34,380




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 41,130 2.58 1.00 $19.77 $41,110
District of Columbia 2,020 2.88 1.12 $19.57 $40,710
Connecticut 7,760 4.65 1.81 $19.32 $40,180
Nevada 1,360 1.07 0.42 $18.34 $38,140
Washington 6,100 1.99 0.77 $17.92 $37,270





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 24,850 3.77 1.47 $17.83 $37,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 13,720 3.25 1.27 $21.94 $45,630
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 8,050 2.21 0.86 $16.62 $34,570
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 7,820 4.34 1.69 $17.17 $35,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,780 4.07 1.59 $16.53 $34,380
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 5,690 4.91 1.91 $17.35 $36,080
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,910 5.51 2.14 $16.13 $33,540
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 4,500 8.69 3.38 $17.28 $35,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,410 1.77 0.69 $19.45 $40,460
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 4,200 3.13 1.22 $16.82 $34,990