Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
351,400 0.9 % $14.85 $30,880 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.34 $11.07 $13.87 $17.61 $22.16
Annual Wage (2) $19,430 $23,020 $28,850 $36,640 $46,080


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 87,560 6.70 $14.34 $29,820
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 43,450 7.54 $12.48 $25,950
Local Government (OES Designation) 38,110 0.70 $17.15 $35,680
State Government (OES Designation) 34,200 1.55 $17.71 $36,840
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 25,430 7.83 $12.93 $26,880

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 18,200 12.75 $13.74 $28,570
Other Residential Care Facilities 12,530 7.95 $13.13 $27,300
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 25,430 7.83 $12.93 $26,880
Social Advocacy Organizations 14,730 7.54 $15.26 $31,740
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 43,450 7.54 $12.48 $25,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,520 0.07 $20.99 $43,670
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 70 0.01 $20.59 $42,830
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training 40 0.05 $19.84 $41,260
Other Information Services (8) (8) $19.23 $39,990
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 160 0.04 $19.21 $39,950


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 36,560 2.56 0.95 $16.71 $34,760
New York 30,150 3.53 1.31 $17.04 $35,440
Pennsylvania 23,000 4.11 1.52 $13.44 $27,950
Massachusetts 18,090 5.65 2.09 $15.78 $32,810
Minnesota 17,520 6.63 2.46 $14.55 $30,270




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 2,350 8.00 2.97 $14.96 $31,110
Maine 4,180 7.20 2.67 $14.19 $29,520
Minnesota 17,520 6.63 2.46 $14.55 $30,270
Massachusetts 18,090 5.65 2.09 $15.78 $32,810
Nebraska 5,130 5.61 2.08 $11.63 $24,190




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 2,090 3.20 1.19 $22.93 $47,700
Alaska 810 2.54 0.94 $18.26 $37,970
Connecticut 8,370 5.16 1.91 $18.18 $37,820
Maryland 5,320 2.12 0.79 $17.12 $35,600
New York 30,150 3.53 1.31 $17.04 $35,440





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 19,640 3.81 1.41 $17.25 $35,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,220 3.16 1.17 $16.52 $34,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 9,310 5.32 1.97 $14.85 $30,890
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 8,050 4.70 1.74 $16.57 $34,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 7,530 4.13 1.53 $13.70 $28,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,200 1.43 0.53 $14.72 $30,610
Pittsburgh, PA 4,960 4.40 1.63 $13.41 $27,900
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 4,760 5.00 1.85 $15.29 $31,790
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,430 1.89 0.70 $19.83 $41,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,180 1.85 0.68 $14.61 $30,390