Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
108,290 1.2 % $20.32 $42,250 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.40 $15.48 $19.60 $24.50 $28.90
Annual Wage (2) $25,790 $32,200 $40,780 $50,960 $60,120

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General medical and surgical hospitals 32,060 $22.38 $46,560
Individual and family services 10,740 $17.24 $35,870
Nursing care facilities 10,630 $18.30 $38,060
Local government (OES designation) 10,310 $19.84 $41,260
Home health care services 9,600 $22.57 $46,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Elementary and secondary schools 340 $24.68 $51,340
Insurance carriers 770 $24.36 $50,660
Management and technical consulting services 150 $24.25 $50,430
Insurance and employee benefit funds 30 $23.56 $49,000
Other hospitals 1,750 $22.81 $47,450

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
District of Columbia 1,080 $25.36 $52,750 0.177%
North Dakota 570 $16.00 $33,270 0.176%
Massachusetts 5,110 $21.45 $44,610 0.163%
Pennsylvania 7,950 $19.06 $39,640 0.144%
Alabama 2,460 $15.86 $32,980 0.133%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Hawaii 400 $26.30 $54,710 0.070%
District of Columbia 1,080 $25.36 $52,750 0.177%
California 9,590 $24.25 $50,440 0.066%
Nevada 660 $24.15 $50,240 0.057%
New Jersey 2,780 $23.35 $48,570 0.071%

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 160 $15.30 $31,830 0.289%
Columbia, MO MSA 170 $15.92 $33,120 0.219%
Pittsfield, MA MSA 90 $19.81 $41,210 0.218%
Topeka, KS MSA 210 $22.45 $46,700 0.217%
Waterbury, CT PMSA 180 $18.69 $38,880 0.209%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Knoxville, TN MSA 260 $32.00 $66,550 0.074%
San Jose, CA PMSA 400 $29.67 $61,720 0.047%
Salinas, CA MSA 70 $29.14 $60,620 0.045%
Honolulu, HI MSA 300 $27.77 $57,760 0.071%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 650 $27.30 $56,790 0.085%

About November 2004 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.

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November 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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