Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 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.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
103,040 1.4 % $19.49 $40,540 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.91 $14.85 $18.83 $23.56 $27.90
Annual Wage (2) $24,770 $30,900 $39,160 $49,010 $58,030

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General medical and surgical hospitals 30,470 $21.65 $45,040
Local government (OES designation) 11,010 $18.99 $39,490
Nursing care facilities 10,200 $17.34 $36,060
Individual and family services 9,070 $16.56 $34,440
Home health care services 8,500 $21.51 $44,740

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Insurance carriers 650 $23.95 $49,820
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 80 $23.10 $48,040
Insurance and employee benefit funds (7) $23.08 $48,000
Elementary and secondary schools 270 $23.06 $47,960
Employment services 220 $22.14 $46,040

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
Massachusetts 5,060 $20.45 $42,530 0.162%
North Dakota 510 $15.93 $33,140 0.162%
West Virginia 960 $14.81 $30,810 0.141%
South Dakota 490 $14.46 $30,070 0.134%
Alabama 2,420 $15.32 $31,870 0.133%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 310 $24.03 $49,980 0.056%
California 9,210 $23.64 $49,170 0.064%
Nevada 430 $23.61 $49,100 0.040%
District of Columbia 450 $23.20 $48,260 0.076%
New Jersey 3,160 $22.97 $47,780 0.081%

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
Bismarck, ND MSA 140 $16.31 $33,930 0.278%
New Bedford, MA PMSA 160 $19.25 $40,030 0.249%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 170 $18.42 $38,310 0.199%
Brockton, MA PMSA 190 $20.28 $42,180 0.194%
Anniston, AL MSA 90 $15.47 $32,170 0.194%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 370 $27.07 $56,310 0.043%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 570 $27.07 $56,300 0.076%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 560 $27.01 $56,170 0.058%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 330 $26.79 $55,730 0.175%
New York, NY PMSA 3,370 $26.20 $54,500 0.085%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Community and Social Services Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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