Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
357,500 0.9 % $14.47 $30,100 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.03 $10.82 $13.56 $17.20 $21.59
Annual Wage (2) $18,780 $22,510 $28,200 $35,770 $44,910


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)
Individual and Family Services 82,600 6.81 $13.72 $28,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 44,060 0.79 $16.65 $34,630
State Government (OES Designation) 43,770 1.91 $17.20 $35,780
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 39,490 7.00 $12.03 $25,020
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 24,740 7.63 $12.61 $26,230

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 17,890 12.69 $13.04 $27,110
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 24,740 7.63 $12.61 $26,230
Other Residential Care Facilities 11,610 7.16 $12.42 $25,840
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 39,490 7.00 $12.03 $25,020
Individual and Family Services 82,600 6.81 $13.72 $28,530

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 110 0.01 $23.56 $49,000
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,470 0.07 $20.80 $43,270
Other Information Services (8) (8) $19.59 $40,740
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 60 0.01 $18.81 $39,120
Insurance Carriers 270 0.02 $17.88 $37,180


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 33,740 2.41 0.86 $16.84 $35,040
New York 31,580 3.79 1.35 $15.96 $33,200
Pennsylvania 19,650 3.58 1.27 $13.54 $28,170
Minnesota 18,160 7.09 2.52 $14.04 $29,200
Massachusetts 17,060 5.47 1.95 $15.67 $32,600




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)
Minnesota 18,160 7.09 2.52 $14.04 $29,200
Alaska 2,180 7.08 2.52 $16.63 $34,580
Vermont 1,730 6.03 2.15 $15.02 $31,240
Maine 3,350 5.79 2.06 $13.63 $28,350
Utah 6,560 5.71 2.03 $12.21 $25,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 7,440 4.66 1.66 $18.92 $39,340
District of Columbia 1,410 2.20 0.78 $18.89 $39,290
California 33,740 2.41 0.86 $16.84 $35,040
Alaska 2,180 7.08 2.52 $16.63 $34,580
Maryland 6,610 2.68 0.95 $16.54 $34,390

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 17,890 3.59 1.28 $16.13 $33,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,600 2.51 0.89 $16.82 $34,980
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 8,450 5.04 1.79 $14.46 $30,070
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 8,200 2.32 0.82 $14.57 $30,310
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 7,860 4.74 1.69 $15.90 $33,070
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,280 3.48 1.24 $14.08 $29,290
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,850 2.20 0.78 $14.82 $30,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,160 1.82 0.65 $16.53 $34,390
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 4,150 2.47 0.88 $14.00 $29,120
Pittsburgh, PA 4,060 3.71 1.32 $13.69 $28,480




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)
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 1,240 21.98 7.81 (8) (8)
Duluth, MN-WI 2,260 18.56 6.60 $14.00 $29,110
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 880 14.84 5.27 (8) (8)
St. George, UT 530 11.78 4.19 $10.61 $22,070
Ocean City, NJ 440 11.70 4.16 $13.75 $28,590
Provo-Orem, UT 1,770 10.54 3.75 $11.33 $23,570
Santa Fe, NM 620 10.10 3.59 $13.34 $27,740
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 480 10.00 3.55 $14.79 $30,760
Pittsfield, MA 340 9.96 3.54 $15.60 $32,450
Fargo, ND-MN 1,170 9.83 3.50 $12.20 $25,370