Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
143,080 1.1 % $23.65 $49,200 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.17 $17.81 $22.71 $28.49 $34.60
Annual Wage (2) $29,460 $37,040 $47,230 $59,260 $71,970


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 42,200 0.82 $26.23 $54,550
Individual and Family Services 16,080 1.32 $19.89 $41,380
Home Health Care Services 15,560 1.45 $24.68 $51,330
Nursing Care Facilities 14,680 0.89 $21.10 $43,890
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,680 0.17 $22.50 $46,800

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 15,560 1.45 $24.68 $51,330
Individual and Family Services 16,080 1.32 $19.89 $41,380
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,470 1.19 $21.05 $43,790
Outpatient Care Centers 6,940 1.17 $23.85 $49,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,960 0.92 $27.51 $57,210

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 1,960 0.92 $27.51 $57,210
Elementary and Secondary Schools 130 (7) $26.52 $55,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,280 0.05 $26.48 $55,070
Employment Services 960 0.04 $26.33 $54,770
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 42,200 0.82 $26.23 $54,550


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 11,490 0.82 0.73 $28.35 $58,980
New York 9,890 1.19 1.05 $25.86 $53,790
Michigan 9,030 2.40 2.14 $23.75 $49,400
Pennsylvania 8,160 1.49 1.32 $21.44 $44,600
Texas 7,000 0.69 0.62 $24.52 $51,000




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)
Michigan 9,030 2.40 2.14 $23.75 $49,400
Delaware 790 1.97 1.75 $21.30 $44,300
Missouri 4,520 1.75 1.55 $19.96 $41,510
Mississippi 1,770 1.65 1.47 $17.74 $36,900
Pennsylvania 8,160 1.49 1.32 $21.44 $44,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 350 0.54 0.48 $33.83 $70,370
Nevada 720 0.65 0.58 $30.91 $64,290
Connecticut 2,070 1.29 1.15 $28.81 $59,920
Maryland 2,860 1.16 1.03 $28.55 $59,370
California 11,490 0.82 0.73 $28.35 $58,980

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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,270 1.26 1.12 $27.30 $56,770
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 4,170 6.23 5.54 $22.47 $46,740
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,660 2.03 1.80 $23.98 $49,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,930 0.77 0.68 $27.02 $56,200
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,720 0.77 0.68 $25.79 $53,650
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,410 1.91 1.70 $21.60 $44,920
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 2,040 0.93 0.82 $23.21 $48,270
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,850 1.49 1.32 $28.79 $59,890
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,760 1.82 1.62 $23.89 $49,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,550 0.62 0.55 $28.09 $58,430




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)
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 480 8.58 7.63 $23.19 $48,230
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 4,170 6.23 5.54 $22.47 $46,740
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 290 6.02 5.35 $21.56 $44,850
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 410 4.85 4.31 $24.45 $50,860
Barnstable Town, MA 450 4.82 4.28 $25.24 $52,490
New Bedford, MA 290 4.62 4.11 $27.48 $57,160
Worcester, MA-CT 1,020 4.33 3.84 $25.64 $53,330
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 430 4.32 3.84 $26.66 $55,450
Springfield, MA-CT 1,150 4.05 3.60 $25.38 $52,800
Hattiesburg, MS 210 3.80 3.38 $15.70 $32,660




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 320 0.37 0.33 $34.07 $70,860
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.43 0.38 $32.03 $66,620
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 500 0.62 0.55 $31.94 $66,440
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 770 0.82 0.72 $31.71 $65,950
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 330 0.82 0.73 $31.46 $65,430