Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

21-1093 Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or adult daycare. Exclude "Rehabilitation Counselors" (21-1015), "Personal and Home Care Aides" (39-9021), "Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs" (43-4061), and "Psychiatric Technicians" (29-2053).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
291,410 2.0 % $12.04 $25,040 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.41 $8.97 $11.24 $14.19 $18.05
Annual Wage (2) $15,420 $18,670 $23,370 $29,520 $37,550

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
Individual and family services 53,400 $11.05 $22,990 1 30
Local government (OES designation) 43,190 $13.48 $28,050 2 8
State government (OES designation) 32,320 $15.28 $31,790 3 4
Residential mental health facilities 31,690 $10.17 $21,150 4 40
Emergency and other relief services 16,260 $10.70 $22,250 5 36

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management and technical consulting services (6) $22.82 $47,470 (6) 1
Insurance carriers 140 $18.74 $38,980 36 2
Federal government (OES designation) 950 $15.38 $31,980 23 3
State government (OES designation) 32,320 $15.28 $31,790 3 4
Activities related to real estate 50 $14.82 $30,820 41 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
Vermont 2,610 $12.44 $25,870 0.889% 350
Wyoming 1,180 $9.55 $19,860 0.491% 374
Connecticut 7,930 $16.01 $33,310 0.483% 378
Minnesota 12,390 $12.14 $25,250 0.476% 535
Maryland 11,490 $11.28 $23,470 0.473% 531

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 1,920 $18.23 $37,910 0.323% 259
Connecticut 7,930 $16.01 $33,310 0.483% 378
Alaska 1,140 $14.16 $29,460 0.398% 330
California 22,720 $13.89 $28,880 0.157% 491
Massachusetts 12,890 $13.72 $28,530 0.403% 505

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
Lewiston-Auburn, ME MSA 400 $11.42 $23,750 0.857%
Duluth-Superior, MN-WI MSA 950 $10.22 $21,250 0.846%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 460 $8.49 $17,660 0.746%
Cheyenne, WY MSA 260 $9.04 $18,800 0.696%
Billings, MT MSA 450 $10.59 $22,030 0.681%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chico-Paradise, CA MSA 350 $16.79 $34,930 0.471%
Hartford, CT MSA 2,750 $16.76 $34,860 0.466%
Reno, NV MSA 90 $16.69 $34,720 0.046%
San Jose, CA PMSA 720 $16.52 $34,350 0.081%
Redding, CA MSA 260 $16.20 $33,700 0.402%

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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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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