Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

21-1022 Medical and Public Health Social Workers

Provide persons, families, or vulnerable populations with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, or AIDS. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making necessary referrals for other social services.

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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)
103,270 1.3 % $19.10 $39,730 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.72 $14.64 $18.48 $22.94 $27.31
Annual Wage (2) $24,390 $30,450 $38,430 $47,710 $56,800

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
General medical and surgical hospitals 29,780 $21.25 $44,190 1 5
Local government (OES designation) 10,770 $19.03 $39,590 2 14
Nursing care facilities 10,040 $17.03 $35,420 3 21
Individual and family services 9,140 $16.00 $33,280 4 28
Home health care services 7,440 $21.09 $43,860 5 7

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Insurance carriers 700 $23.68 $49,250 19 1
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 70 $22.73 $47,290 31 2
Medical and diagnostic laboratories (6) $22.60 $47,010 (6) 3
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 2,140 $21.44 $44,590 9 4
General medical and surgical hospitals 29,780 $21.25 $44,190 1 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
South Dakota 690 $15.93 $33,130 0.195% 177
Massachusetts 5,070 $20.16 $41,940 0.160% 304
North Dakota 440 $15.72 $32,700 0.140% 241
Alabama 2,480 $15.43 $32,090 0.136% 322
Nebraska 1,180 $14.16 $29,450 0.135% 343

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 780 $23.82 $49,530 0.131% 188
Nevada 530 $22.79 $47,400 0.050% 176
California 9,240 $22.76 $47,350 0.064% 289
Connecticut 1,640 $22.46 $46,720 0.100% 227
New Jersey 3,420 $22.42 $46,640 0.088% 274

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
Barnstable-Yarmouth, MA MSA 210 $21.78 $45,310 0.319%
Sioux Falls, SD MSA 310 $18.04 $37,530 0.276%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 320 $15.96 $33,200 0.257%
Bismarck, ND MSA 100 $17.41 $36,220 0.204%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 170 $16.78 $34,900 0.202%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 290 $26.52 $55,160 0.155%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 110 $25.95 $53,980 0.055%
San Jose, CA PMSA 370 $25.80 $53,660 0.042%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 450 $25.44 $52,910 0.046%
Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, CA MSA 90 $25.34 $52,710 0.073%

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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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