Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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.

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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)
91,240 1.7 % $16.76 $34,860 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.12 $12.47 $15.79 $20.27 $25.12
Annual Wage (2) $21,050 $25,940 $32,850 $42,160 $52,240

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Outpatient care centers 15,740 $16.18 $33,650 1 17
Local government (OES designation) 14,070 $17.79 $37,010 2 13
Individual and family services 11,970 $16.01 $33,290 3 19
State government (OES designation) 9,220 $18.38 $38,220 4 11
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 8,320 $17.32 $36,020 5 14

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Employment services 180 $22.67 $47,150 26 1
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 100 $21.04 $43,770 30 2
Home health care services 410 $20.59 $42,830 21 3
Other ambulatory health care services 150 $19.85 $41,290 27 4
Professional and similar organizations 90 $19.84 $41,270 31 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maine 1,240 $17.25 $35,890 0.209% 221
Washington 4,970 $20.16 $41,940 0.194% 298
Alaska 500 $17.86 $37,150 0.174% 257
West Virginia 1,110 $10.28 $21,390 0.163% 455
Delaware 620 $17.20 $35,780 0.154% 230

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 420 $24.47 $50,910 0.071% 163
Utah 850 $23.54 $48,960 0.081% 115
Connecticut 1,570 $21.73 $45,190 0.096% 221
Nevada 220 $21.41 $44,530 0.021% 184
New Jersey 2,720 $20.93 $43,530 0.071% 289

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Tuscaloosa, AL MSA 300 $9.88 $20,540 0.390%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 250 $15.47 $32,180 0.384%
Yakima, WA MSA 290 $18.29 $38,050 0.372%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 730 $21.98 $45,720 0.312%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 210 $20.55 $42,740 0.284%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Eau Claire, WI MSA 90 $24.75 $51,480 0.122%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 70 $24.69 $51,350 0.056%
Columbus, GA-AL MSA 50 $24.28 $50,490 0.044%
Hartford, CT MSA 660 $23.90 $49,720 0.112%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 130 $23.39 $48,660 0.065%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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