Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

21-1021 Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.

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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)
256,160 1.2 % $17.64 $36,700 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.52 $12.92 $16.25 $21.19 $26.98
Annual Wage (2) $21,870 $26,870 $33,810 $44,080 $56,120

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
State government (OES designation) 57,740 $17.80 $37,030 1 13
Local government (OES designation) 51,020 $19.59 $40,740 2 7
Individual and family services 45,090 $14.83 $30,850 3 27
Elementary and secondary schools 34,500 $22.92 $47,670 4 1
Other residential care facilities 10,750 $14.65 $30,460 5 28

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 34,500 $22.92 $47,670 4 1
Offices of other health practitioners 1,300 $20.23 $42,070 17 2
Junior colleges 730 $20.16 $41,930 21 3
Educational support services 280 $20.01 $41,630 26 4
Legal services 140 $19.88 $41,360 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
Rhode Island 2,480 $20.41 $42,440 0.523% 205
Delaware 1,640 $17.73 $36,870 0.407% 241
West Virginia 2,590 $12.21 $25,400 0.380% 420
Oklahoma 5,250 $13.65 $28,400 0.369% 391
Vermont 1,060 $16.72 $34,780 0.365% 226

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut 4,740 $23.58 $49,050 0.289% 213
New Jersey 7,990 $22.25 $46,280 0.206% 281
New York 20,220 $21.80 $45,340 0.245% 295
Hawaii 1,390 $21.70 $45,140 0.251% 182
Nevada 1,150 $21.26 $44,210 0.108% 214

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
Enid, OK MSA 130 $13.17 $27,400 0.647%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 360 $14.04 $29,210 0.591%
Dover, DE MSA 310 $17.80 $37,030 0.585%
Bangor, ME MSA 300 $14.50 $30,160 0.529%
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA MSA 2,750 $20.47 $42,580 0.528%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Danbury, CT PMSA 150 $25.10 $52,200 0.168%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 180 $25.00 $52,000 0.096%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 160 $24.31 $50,570 0.162%
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 860 $24.26 $50,450 0.217%
Hartford, CT MSA 1,960 $24.00 $49,910 0.328%

About May 2003 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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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