Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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.

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)
96,990 1.7 % $16.88 $35,120 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.24 $12.58 $15.88 $20.33 $25.38
Annual Wage (2) $21,290 $26,170 $33,020 $42,280 $52,780

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 16,490 $16.46 $34,240 1 17
Individual and family services 14,620 $15.93 $33,130 2 18
Local government (OES designation) 13,460 $17.87 $37,180 3 11
State government (OES designation) 9,220 $18.61 $38,700 4 7
Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals 8,770 $17.55 $36,500 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other ambulatory health care services 180 $20.55 $42,740 26 1
Professional and similar organizations 130 $20.45 $42,530 29 2
Offices of physicians 1,860 $19.88 $41,360 11 3
Management and technical consulting services (6) $19.47 $40,490 (6) 4
Offices of other health practitioners 2,990 $19.42 $40,390 8 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 1,330 $17.71 $36,830 0.226% 245
Washington 4,780 $20.67 $43,000 0.187% 310
Alaska 490 $17.99 $37,410 0.168% 282
Delaware 600 $17.66 $36,740 0.149% 244
West Virginia 980 $10.45 $21,730 0.144% 494

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Utah 900 $23.30 $48,450 0.086% 144
District of Columbia 370 $22.14 $46,040 0.062% 212
Nevada 210 $21.81 $45,360 0.020% 201
Connecticut 1,820 $21.76 $45,260 0.111% 250
New Jersey 2,970 $21.17 $44,040 0.077% 301

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 430 $9.79 $20,360 0.572%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 270 $14.23 $29,590 0.422%
Bellingham, WA MSA 240 $18.17 $37,790 0.351%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 750 $22.15 $46,060 0.319%
Lewiston-Auburn, ME MSA 130 $14.55 $30,250 0.279%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Columbus, GA-AL MSA 50 $25.13 $52,270 0.044%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 60 $25.10 $52,210 0.071%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 100 $25.04 $52,080 0.050%
Eau Claire, WI MSA 90 $24.52 $50,990 0.125%
New London-Norwich, CT-RI MSA 100 $24.40 $50,750 0.070%

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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