Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
359,350 1.0 % $15.96 $33,190 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.68 $11.72 $14.82 $18.72 $23.83
Annual Wage (2) $20,120 $24,390 $30,830 $38,930 $49,570


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 96,010 6.03 $15.42 $32,080
Local Government (OES Designation) 42,660 0.80 $19.48 $40,510
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 36,670 6.03 $13.39 $27,850
State Government (OES Designation) 32,990 1.50 $18.02 $37,470
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 21,070 6.43 $13.78 $28,660

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 19,370 12.54 $14.28 $29,700
Other Residential Care Facilities 12,890 7.90 $13.89 $28,880
Social Advocacy Organizations 14,450 7.21 $16.11 $33,500
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 21,070 6.43 $13.78 $28,660
Individual and Family Services 96,010 6.03 $15.42 $32,080

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services (8) (8) $22.02 $45,800
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,500 0.08 $21.56 $44,850
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 270 0.02 $20.36 $42,340
Insurance Carriers 380 0.03 $19.81 $41,200
Scientific Research and Development Services 340 0.05 $19.78 $41,130


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 44,910 2.90 1.11 $18.97 $39,460
New York 31,620 3.52 1.35 $17.08 $35,530
Pennsylvania 20,160 3.53 1.35 $14.75 $30,690
New Jersey 19,720 5.05 1.94 $17.44 $36,280
Massachusetts 18,090 5.33 2.04 $16.77 $34,880



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 7.73 2.97 $15.88 $33,020
Massachusetts 18,090 5.33 2.04 $16.77 $34,880
New Jersey 19,720 5.05 1.94 $17.44 $36,280
Maine 2,960 5.01 1.92 $15.20 $31,620
Minnesota 13,870 5.00 1.92 $16.60 $34,530



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 7,810 4.71 1.81 $19.32 $40,190
California 44,910 2.90 1.11 $18.97 $39,460
District of Columbia 1,940 2.87 1.10 $18.49 $38,460
Nevada 1,350 1.09 0.42 $17.79 $37,010
New Jersey 19,720 5.05 1.94 $17.44 $36,280




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 23,620 3.65 1.40 $17.49 $36,380
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 14,220 3.46 1.33 $21.59 $44,900
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 7,600 4.32 1.66 $17.36 $36,110
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 7,420 3.95 1.51 $16.71 $34,760
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 7,380 2.07 0.79 $16.27 $33,850
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 5,500 4.76 1.83 $17.05 $35,460
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 4,470 4.11 1.58 $15.70 $32,650
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 4,360 8.66 3.32 $16.20 $33,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,250 4.83 1.86 $14.87 $30,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,210 1.74 0.67 $18.76 $39,020