Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
140,000 1.0 % $24.74 $51,460 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.10 $18.81 $23.96 $29.61 $35.59
Annual Wage (2) $31,410 $39,120 $49,830 $61,590 $74,030


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 40,360 0.77 $27.39 $56,960
Home Health Care Services 16,290 1.38 $26.79 $55,720
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 15,820 0.95 $22.09 $45,950
Individual and Family Services 15,690 1.20 $20.24 $42,110
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,280 0.15 $23.40 $48,680

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 16,290 1.38 $26.79 $55,720
Individual and Family Services 15,690 1.20 $20.24 $42,110
Outpatient Care Centers 7,690 1.20 $24.67 $51,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,420 1.04 $25.51 $53,060
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,210 0.95 $22.98 $47,810

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 2,180 0.95 $29.69 $61,750
Employment Services 1,380 0.04 $28.92 $60,160
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 40,360 0.77 $27.39 $56,960
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,530 0.05 $27.16 $56,500
Scientific Research and Development Services 200 0.03 $26.95 $56,050


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 12,880 0.90 0.84 $30.52 $63,480
Massachusetts 10,920 3.41 3.17 $26.51 $55,140
New York 10,750 1.26 1.17 $26.87 $55,890
Texas 8,120 0.77 0.71 $26.12 $54,340
Pennsylvania 7,690 1.37 1.28 $22.44 $46,680




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)
Massachusetts 10,920 3.41 3.17 $26.51 $55,140
Missouri 4,490 1.72 1.60 $20.40 $42,420
Mississippi 1,650 1.53 1.42 $20.06 $41,730
Connecticut 2,370 1.46 1.36 $29.25 $60,830
Alaska 440 1.39 1.29 $24.40 $50,750




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 400 0.62 0.57 $31.79 $66,130
Nevada 730 0.64 0.60 $31.08 $64,640
California 12,880 0.90 0.84 $30.52 $63,480
Connecticut 2,370 1.46 1.36 $29.25 $60,830
Rhode Island 500 1.10 1.02 $28.81 $59,910





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 6,910 1.34 1.25 $28.39 $59,040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,750 2.77 2.58 $27.62 $57,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,220 0.83 0.77 $29.76 $61,890
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,700 1.48 1.38 $25.47 $52,980
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,600 0.72 0.67 $26.14 $54,380
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,170 1.70 1.58 $21.11 $43,910
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,150 1.71 1.59 $27.79 $57,800
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,930 0.85 0.80 $24.04 $50,000
Pittsburgh, PA 1,900 1.69 1.57 $20.61 $42,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,870 1.08 1.01 $24.95 $51,900