Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
344,050 0.9 % $14.37 $29,880 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.80 $10.69 $13.44 $17.12 $21.52
Annual Wage (2) $18,300 $22,230 $27,940 $35,620 $44,760


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Individual and Family Services 75,710 $13.62 $28,340
Local Government (OES Designation) 45,650 $16.41 $34,130
State Government (OES Designation) 42,790 $17.22 $35,810
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 37,780 $11.91 $24,770
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 22,640 $12.56 $26,110

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 110 $22.35 $46,480
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 1,450 $20.55 $42,740
Office Administrative Services 360 $19.24 $40,020
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 $18.93 $39,370
Insurance Carriers 230 $17.58 $36,560


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Minnesota 18,750 $13.84 $28,780 7.134
Alaska 2,150 $16.36 $34,020 6.972
Rhode Island 2,800 $13.59 $28,260 6.106
Vermont 1,660 $15.42 $32,070 5.654
Utah 6,530 $11.88 $24,710 5.511

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Connecticut 7,140 $19.92 $41,430 4.331
California 32,160 $17.14 $35,650 2.213
Alaska 2,150 $16.36 $34,020 6.972
Massachusetts 15,170 $16.27 $33,850 4.787
Hawaii 2,830 $16.13 $33,560 4.821


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Duluth, MN-WI 2,250 $14.01 $29,130 18.216
Greenville, NC 750 $13.81 $28,730 10.323
Provo-Orem, UT 1,710 $10.82 $22,510 9.878
Fargo, ND-MN 1,140 $12.13 $25,240 9.476
St. George, UT 440 $10.96 $22,800 9.175

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Danbury, CT 210 $25.00 $52,000 3.131
Fairbanks, AK (8) $21.96 $45,680 (8)
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 320 $21.67 $45,070 2.657
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 720 $21.00 $43,680 7.151
Barnstable Town, MA 530 $20.70 $43,050 5.610


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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