Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
145,920 1.0 % $25.77 $53,590 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.41 $19.41 $24.97 $30.72 $36.99
Annual Wage (2) $32,060 $40,380 $51,930 $63,890 $76,940


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 41,570 0.79 $28.58 $59,440
Home Health Care Services 17,220 1.37 $28.04 $58,320
Individual and Family Services 17,140 1.16 $21.44 $44,590
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 15,960 0.96 $23.06 $47,960
Outpatient Care Centers 9,110 1.30 $25.77 $53,600

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 17,220 1.37 $28.04 $58,320
Outpatient Care Centers 9,110 1.30 $25.77 $53,600
Individual and Family Services 17,140 1.16 $21.44 $44,590
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 2,280 1.00 $26.14 $54,370
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) 15,960 0.96 $23.06 $47,960

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Health and Personal Care Stores (8) (8) $35.45 $73,740
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 2,160 0.87 $29.96 $62,310
Employment Services 970 0.03 $29.96 $62,310
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 560 0.06 $29.06 $60,450
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 41,570 0.79 $28.58 $59,440


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 13,570 0.90 0.83 $32.63 $67,860
New York 11,540 1.31 1.21 $28.34 $58,950
Massachusetts 11,090 3.34 3.09 $27.76 $57,740
Texas 8,600 0.77 0.71 $26.97 $56,090
Pennsylvania 7,970 1.41 1.31 $23.01 $47,860



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 11,090 3.34 3.09 $27.76 $57,740
Missouri 4,810 1.80 1.67 $21.77 $45,290
Mississippi 1,900 1.73 1.60 $21.34 $44,390
Michigan 5,890 1.45 1.34 $25.31 $52,640
Pennsylvania 7,970 1.41 1.31 $23.01 $47,860



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 13,570 0.90 0.83 $32.63 $67,860
Connecticut 1,900 1.15 1.07 $31.03 $64,540
District of Columbia 480 0.72 0.66 $30.96 $64,390
Nevada 460 0.39 0.36 $29.95 $62,300
Oregon 1,310 0.78 0.72 $29.57 $61,500




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 7,250 1.34 1.24 $30.43 $63,300
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 4,420 2.46 2.28 $29.38 $61,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,230 1.04 0.97 $31.85 $66,250
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,270 1.76 1.63 $24.84 $51,660
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,970 0.79 0.73 $26.56 $55,250
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,270 1.74 1.61 $21.99 $45,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,130 1.17 1.08 $24.28 $50,500
Baltimore-Towson, MD 2,040 1.58 1.46 $27.92 $58,080
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,900 0.80 0.74 $23.99 $49,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,720 0.94 0.87 $25.67 $53,400