Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
109,920 1.5 % $20.84 $43,340 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.28 $15.26 $19.22 $25.10 $32.16
Annual Wage (2) $25,550 $31,740 $39,980 $52,200 $66,880


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 21,800 3.40 $19.84 $41,270
Individual and Family Services 18,830 1.44 $19.21 $39,950
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,450 2.51 $17.63 $36,660
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,600 0.21 $23.11 $48,070
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 10,120 4.34 $23.63 $49,160

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 10,120 4.34 $23.63 $49,160
Outpatient Care Centers 21,800 3.40 $19.84 $41,270
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 14,450 2.51 $17.63 $36,660
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 3,240 2.27 $17.34 $36,070
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,290 1.45 $17.47 $36,330

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Home Health Care Services 420 0.04 $27.18 $56,540
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 260 0.11 $26.40 $54,910
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 5,770 0.80 $24.82 $51,630
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,270 0.10 $24.75 $51,480
Offices of Physicians 3,020 0.13 $24.74 $51,450


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)
New York 10,430 1.22 1.45 $24.73 $51,440
California 10,200 0.71 0.85 $24.27 $50,480
Pennsylvania 9,610 1.72 2.04 $19.19 $39,910
Ohio 6,120 1.21 1.44 $19.12 $39,760
Massachusetts 4,630 1.45 1.71 $21.31 $44,320




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 830 2.82 3.34 $18.02 $37,480
Maine 1,410 2.43 2.87 $22.81 $47,450
Alaska 640 2.00 2.38 $19.81 $41,200
Pennsylvania 9,610 1.72 2.04 $19.19 $39,910
New Mexico 1,230 1.59 1.88 $20.19 $42,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 2,360 1.45 1.72 $26.77 $55,690
Wisconsin 1,750 0.65 0.78 $26.49 $55,090
District of Columbia 430 0.66 0.79 $26.06 $54,210
New Jersey 1,840 0.48 0.57 $26.00 $54,070
Rhode Island 590 1.31 1.55 $25.75 $53,560





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 6,340 1.23 1.46 $24.97 $51,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,210 0.83 0.98 $24.96 $51,910
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,100 1.70 2.02 $20.16 $41,930
Pittsburgh, PA 2,310 2.05 2.43 $19.67 $40,910
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.58 0.69 $17.08 $35,530
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,500 1.19 1.41 $21.13 $43,950
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,460 1.19 1.41 $25.83 $53,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,450 0.83 0.98 $23.58 $49,040
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,330 0.78 0.92 $21.43 $44,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.56 0.66 $26.57 $55,260




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 870 21.81 25.85 $18.80 $39,090
Bangor, ME 300 4.77 5.65 $21.07 $43,820
Pueblo, CO 250 4.63 5.49 $19.74 $41,070
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 180 3.78 4.48 $24.35 $50,660
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 210 3.31 3.93 $16.68 $34,680
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 330 3.27 3.87 $22.74 $47,290
St. Joseph, MO-KS 160 3.11 3.69 $14.57 $30,300
Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL 130 3.03 3.60 $17.94 $37,320
Springfield, MA-CT 820 2.86 3.39 $25.30 $52,630
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 190 2.77 3.28 $17.68 $36,760