Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
115,390 1.4 % $20.50 $42,650 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.27 $15.06 $18.86 $24.65 $31.54
Annual Wage (2) $25,520 $31,320 $39,230 $51,280 $65,600


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 23,050 3.77 $19.34 $40,220
Individual and Family Services 18,740 1.50 $18.94 $39,400
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,980 2.62 $17.53 $36,460
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,460 0.23 $22.83 $47,480
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 10,880 4.64 $23.54 $48,960

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 10,880 4.64 $23.54 $48,960
Outpatient Care Centers 23,050 3.77 $19.34 $40,220
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,980 2.62 $17.53 $36,460
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,860 1.99 $16.23 $33,760
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,660 1.67 $16.95 $35,260

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 200 0.09 $26.52 $55,170
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 6,030 0.12 $24.64 $51,250
Educational Support Services 40 0.03 $24.39 $50,740
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 430 0.02 $23.85 $49,610
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 10,880 4.64 $23.54 $48,960


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 10,280 0.73 0.81 $23.48 $48,840
New York 10,010 1.19 1.32 $24.60 $51,160
Pennsylvania 9,230 1.66 1.85 $19.85 $41,280
Ohio 6,350 1.28 1.42 $19.40 $40,360
Massachusetts 5,420 1.72 1.91 $20.66 $42,960




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 920 3.17 3.52 $17.48 $36,360
Maine 1,570 2.72 3.02 $20.57 $42,790
Alaska 580 1.86 2.06 $20.47 $42,580
Massachusetts 5,420 1.72 1.91 $20.66 $42,960
Rhode Island 760 1.69 1.88 $25.17 $52,350




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 1,760 0.47 0.52 $28.48 $59,230
District of Columbia 380 0.59 0.65 $27.79 $57,810
Connecticut 2,570 1.60 1.78 $25.45 $52,940
Rhode Island 760 1.69 1.88 $25.17 $52,350
New York 10,010 1.19 1.32 $24.60 $51,160





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 5,860 1.16 1.29 $24.96 $51,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,180 0.83 0.92 $23.58 $49,040
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,790 1.54 1.71 $20.88 $43,420
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,400 0.67 0.75 $19.14 $39,820
Pittsburgh, PA 2,180 1.96 2.17 $20.86 $43,380
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,790 1.05 1.17 $19.23 $40,000
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,680 1.00 1.11 $21.21 $44,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,360 0.79 0.88 $23.84 $49,580
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,220 1.02 1.13 $17.40 $36,180
Kansas City, MO-KS 1,200 1.26 1.40 $14.60 $30,370




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)
Kankakee-Bradley, IL 850 21.01 23.36 $18.62 $38,740
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 590 13.36 14.85 $20.58 $42,800
Bangor, ME 400 6.50 7.22 $19.45 $40,460
Pueblo, CO 260 4.77 5.31 $18.43 $38,340
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 430 4.30 4.79 $20.57 $42,780
Pocatello, ID 140 4.20 4.66 $13.81 $28,720
Danville, IL 110 4.06 4.51 $12.44 $25,880
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 220 3.62 4.03 $16.20 $33,700
Monroe, MI 130 3.49 3.88 $21.68 $45,090
St. Joseph, MO-KS 160 3.12 3.47 $12.75 $26,520