Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
109,460 1.6 % $22.03 $45,820 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.39 $15.58 $19.90 $26.20 $33.80
Annual Wage (2) $25,770 $32,410 $41,380 $54,510 $70,300


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 23,260 3.32 $20.37 $42,380
Individual and Family Services 16,180 1.10 $20.35 $42,320
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 15,850 2.61 $19.13 $39,800
Local Government (OES Designation) 12,820 0.24 $23.81 $49,510
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,690 3.82 $25.03 $52,070

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 8,690 3.82 $25.03 $52,070
Outpatient Care Centers 23,260 3.32 $20.37 $42,380
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 15,850 2.61 $19.13 $39,800
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,500 1.67 $18.35 $38,160
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,020 1.30 $18.44 $38,350

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 6,500 0.84 $30.98 $64,440
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 190 0.02 $28.43 $59,130
Elementary and Secondary Schools 660 0.01 $26.86 $55,870
Home Health Care Services 500 0.04 $26.73 $55,590
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 8,690 3.82 $25.03 $52,070


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 11,990 0.79 0.98 $27.84 $57,900
New York 10,770 1.22 1.51 $26.01 $54,090
Pennsylvania 10,110 1.79 2.21 $18.24 $37,940
Ohio 5,320 1.02 1.26 $19.15 $39,830
Massachusetts 5,170 1.56 1.92 $22.85 $47,520



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)
Maine 1,300 2.22 2.74 $26.82 $55,790
Vermont 630 2.11 2.60 $19.64 $40,860
Pennsylvania 10,110 1.79 2.21 $18.24 $37,940
Alaska 530 1.63 2.01 $20.98 $43,640
Massachusetts 5,170 1.56 1.92 $22.85 $47,520



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Jersey 2,260 0.58 0.72 $28.80 $59,900
Connecticut 2,100 1.28 1.58 $28.51 $59,300
California 11,990 0.79 0.98 $27.84 $57,900
New Hampshire 300 0.47 0.58 $26.93 $56,020
Maine 1,300 2.22 2.74 $26.82 $55,790




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 6,380 1.18 1.46 $27.41 $57,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,710 0.92 1.13 $35.66 $74,180
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,260 1.75 2.16 $20.41 $42,460
Pittsburgh, PA 2,260 2.00 2.47 $18.46 $38,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,160 0.58 0.71 $21.75 $45,250
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,000 1.11 1.38 $24.72 $51,420
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,780 0.97 1.20 $14.84 $30,860
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,510 1.19 1.47 $26.26 $54,620
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,440 1.11 1.37 $22.43 $46,650
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 1,190 1.18 1.45 $20.15 $41,910



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)
Salisbury, MD 260 5.10 6.30 $13.74 $28,570
Barnstable Town, MA 420 4.25 5.25 $17.20 $35,780
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 200 4.10 5.06 $21.06 $43,800
Bangor, ME 250 3.96 4.89 $25.97 $54,010
Goldsboro, NC 160 3.86 4.77 $21.45 $44,630
Pueblo, CO 190 3.43 4.23 $21.61 $44,940
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 160 3.37 4.17 $31.66 $65,850
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 120 3.28 4.04 $23.78 $49,460
Salem, OR 490 3.26 4.03 $23.28 $48,430
Duluth, MN-WI 390 3.11 3.83 $22.36 $46,510