Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
155,590 1.8 % $25.97 $54,020 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.48 $19.56 $25.18 $30.80 $37.44
Annual Wage (2) $32,190 $40,690 $52,380 $64,060 $77,880


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)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 45,070 0.85 $28.68 $59,650
Individual and Family Services 19,270 1.21 $22.04 $45,840
Home Health Care Services 17,270 1.33 $28.16 $58,580
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 15,960 0.97 $23.44 $48,760
Outpatient Care Centers 9,850 1.34 $26.53 $55,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 9,850 1.34 $26.53 $55,170
Home Health Care Services 17,270 1.33 $28.16 $58,580
Individual and Family Services 19,270 1.21 $22.04 $45,840
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,270 0.99 $24.06 $50,050
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 15,960 0.97 $23.44 $48,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 280 0.04 $29.10 $60,520
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 530 0.04 $28.77 $59,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 45,070 0.85 $28.68 $59,650
Insurance Carriers 2,070 0.18 $28.27 $58,800
Home Health Care Services 17,270 1.33 $28.16 $58,580


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 13,740 0.89 0.79 $33.64 $69,970
Massachusetts 12,940 3.81 3.38 $25.60 $53,240
New York 12,110 1.35 1.19 $27.97 $58,170
Texas 9,640 0.83 0.74 $26.69 $55,510
Ohio 8,700 1.65 1.46 $25.79 $53,640



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 12,940 3.81 3.38 $25.60 $53,240
Missouri 4,730 1.74 1.55 $22.28 $46,350
Rhode Island 820 1.73 1.54 (8) (8)
Ohio 8,700 1.65 1.46 $25.79 $53,640
Arizona 4,220 1.63 1.45 $21.41 $44,530



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 13,740 0.89 0.79 $33.64 $69,970
District of Columbia 620 0.92 0.81 $32.43 $67,450
Connecticut 2,090 1.26 1.12 $31.09 $64,660
Oregon 1,340 0.77 0.68 $30.87 $64,210
Nevada 490 0.39 0.35 $29.84 $62,070




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,610 1.33 1.18 $29.65 $61,680
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 5,090 2.89 2.56 $25.87 $53,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,300 1.05 0.93 $32.86 $68,360
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,210 1.71 1.52 $20.69 $43,030
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,060 0.86 0.76 $28.82 $59,950
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,290 2.60 2.31 $24.50 $50,970
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,270 0.91 0.81 $23.81 $49,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,210 1.18 1.04 $26.94 $56,030
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,170 1.64 1.45 $22.49 $46,770
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,120 0.91 0.81 $28.15 $58,550