Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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
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)
326,050 2.2 % $12.29 $25,570 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.29 $9.10 $11.54 $14.70 $18.77
Annual Wage (2) $15,170 $18,920 $23,990 $30,580 $39,030

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Individual and family services 59,290 $11.50 $23,930
State government (OES designation) 50,670 $14.11 $29,350
Local government (OES designation) 44,160 $13.96 $29,030
Residential mental health facilities 35,680 $10.19 $21,190
Vocational rehabilitation services 17,550 $11.03 $22,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Management and technical consulting services (7) $22.44 $46,670
Insurance agencies, brokerages, and related 140 $16.84 $35,030
Federal government (OES designation) 930 $16.15 $33,590
Activities related to real estate (7) $14.95 $31,100
Professional and similar organizations 340 $14.94 $31,070

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
Vermont 2,940 $12.58 $26,160 1.009%
Maine 3,450 $11.42 $23,740 0.583%
Nebraska 5,090 $10.26 $21,350 0.579%
Maryland 13,420 $11.23 $23,350 0.548%
Rhode Island 2,590 $12.00 $24,960 0.543%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 2,440 $17.65 $36,720 0.410%
Connecticut 7,520 $16.71 $34,750 0.461%
Alaska 940 $14.93 $31,060 0.323%
California 27,910 $14.37 $29,880 0.193%
New Jersey 12,330 $14.12 $29,360 0.318%

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
Bangor, ME MSA 780 $11.38 $23,660 1.383%
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ PMSA 670 $16.57 $34,470 1.136%
Bismarck, ND MSA 530 $8.87 $18,460 1.052%
Wheeling, WV-OH MSA 530 $8.42 $17,520 0.856%
Lewiston-Auburn, ME MSA 360 $12.32 $25,610 0.766%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 70 $18.51 $38,510 0.076%
Kankakee, IL PMSA 70 $18.33 $38,130 0.162%
Hartford, CT MSA 2,650 $17.71 $36,840 0.446%
Reno, NV MSA 140 $17.43 $36,250 0.071%
San Jose, CA PMSA 840 $17.00 $35,360 0.098%

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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